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Protest against the mass jailings in Egypt

Issue No. 2504

Over 150 activists seized during the crackdown on the protest movement against Egypt’s sale of its Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia have been given long jail sentences and heavy fines.

Judges handed down five-year prison terms and fines of nearly £8,000 to 101 defendants in two cases connected to protests planned for 25 April.

A further 51 people received two-year jail sentences in another case.

Revolutionary activists Nagy Kamel, Mohamed Nagy and Mahmoud Ezzat are among those sentenced to five years in Egypt’s dangerously overcrowded and insanitary jails.

The Facebook page of 6 April Youth Movement shared pictures of tiny cells crammed with political prisoners, sweltering in the 45 degree heat.

In a separate case Sanaa Seif was also jailed for six months for “insulting the judiciary”. Sanaa was summoned by prosecutors during the crackdown on the 25 April protests but refused to cooperate.

Sanaa’s brother Alaa Abdelfattah is serving a five-year sentence for taking part in protests against military trials for civilians in 2013.

Labour lawyer Haitham Mohamedain and human rights activist Ahmed Abdullah were also arrested. Both had their pre-trial detention renewed and could face serious charges.

Sign the protest and solidarity statement

Travel ban for BDS founder

The Israeli government has banned one of the Palestinian founders of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement from travelling out of Israel.

Israeli officials have refused to renew Omar Barghouti’s travel documents. The activist regularly travels to different countries to campaign for BDS internationally. It comes after Israeli intelligence minister Yisrael Katz called for “targeted civil eliminations” of leading BDS activists at an anti-BDS conference in March.

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