EGYPT | Coptic Activist Released from Prison

Source:                www.cswusa.org

Date:                     January 11, 2022

 

 
 
 
1.11.2021
Egyptian Coptic activist, Rami Kamil, was released Jan. 9, pending a trial, after spending more than two years in pre-trial detention, and exceeding the two-year limit permitted under article 143 of the Egyptian Penal Code.
 
Kamil is a prominent human rights activist and a founding member and coordinator of the Maspero Youth Union, a Coptic human rights organization that emerged following the Maspero massacre of October 2011. Over 20 Coptic protesters were killed when the military attacked a peaceful civil rights protest. He was arrested in November 2019, and his detention was extended on multiple occasions over the past two years.
Kamil is currently facing terrorism charges, but it is widely believed he was targeted because of his human rights work documenting violations of the right to freedom of religion or belief.
 
CSW’s sources met with Kamil in his family home and reported he looked well and was smiling and telling jokes.
 
CSW’s Founder President Mervyn Thomas said, “CSW welcomes Mr. Kamil’s release from pre-trial detention, and we are pleased to hear that he is back with his family and in good health. However, he should never have been arrested; neither should he have had to spend so long in pre-trial detention. We call for all the charges against him to be dropped without precondition, and for the immediate and unconditional release of all others detained on excessive charges that amount to the criminalization of human rights activism.”

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