Egypt increasingly cracking down on its youth: Amnesty report 


June 30, Cairo: A newly published report of Amnesty International says protests have been replaced by mass arrests in Egypt. Since the removal of ousted President Mohamed Morsi from power, Egypt has swung from “mass protest to mass incarceration” is said in the report “Generation Jail: Egypt‘s Youth Go from Protests to Prison.”

Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International said that the Egyptian authorities are targeting the youths and crushing the hopes of entire generation.

The report estimates around 41,000 activists have been arrested, where trials are unfair and evidences are based solely on the statements of security forces.

The report focuses on 14 young people who were among the thousands that have been subjected to arbitrary arrests and practices “which do not comply with international law”.

The authorities’ repression of dissent and opposition originally began with the jailing of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and their supporters. Now, however, its scope has reached university campuses and public streets, family homes, and the offices of human rights groups.

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