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Amal Fathy

Amal Fathy posted a video online, describing her experience of sexual harassment and criticizing the Egyptian government for neglecting survivors. She was sentenced to two years in prison for “spreading fake news.”

Shortly after posting the video on Facebook in May 2018, police raided Amal’s home in the middle of the night and detained her, along with her husband and young child. Her family was released, but Amal remained in prison for seven months. On December 27th she was released on probation in one of two cases against her pending investigation into trumped-up charges including “membership of a terrorist group.” Just three days later, she was sentenced to two years in prison for the other case.

Amal is currently required to report to a police station for eight hours a week and could be arrested at any time. She is one of many Egyptians imprisoned merely for sharing opinions or criticizing the authorities. In the worst crackdown on free expression in the country’s recent history, Egyptian authorities have arrested dozens of individuals, including activists, journalists, politicians, football fans, and artists.

Join us and call on Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to drop all charges against Amal Fathy – immediately and unconditionally.

Background

Amal Fathy is an Egyptian human rights defender who focuses mostly on democracy issues. She has been vocal about human rights violations in Egypt, especially the arbitrary detention of activists and human rights defenders.  She is currently in pre-trial detention in another case and is facing charges of “belonging to a terrorist group”, “broadcasting ideas calling for terrorist acts”, and “publishing false news”. The State Security prosecutor will decide on renewing her detention for 15 more days on 14 October.

Egyptian police forces arrested Amal Fathy in the early hours of 11 May, along with her husband Mohamed Lotfy, a former Amnesty International researcher and the current director of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms. Police raided the couple’s Cairo home and brought them both to the Maadi police station, along with their three-year-old child.

Amnesty International examined the 12-minute video and found that it does not contain incitement of any form, and as such is protected as freedom of expression. Amnesty International considers Amal Fathy to be a prisoner of conscience, solely imprisoned for peacefully expressing her opinions.