Paris Francophone Institute For Freedoms Condemns Egyptian Prominent Activist Detention For 15 Days Over Pending Investigation

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Paris- Francophone Paris Institute for Freedoms condemned the decision of the Supreme State Security Prosecution in Egypt, on the last Saturday, to detain the activist Haytham Mohamadin for 15 days on charges of joining a banned group and participating in illegal protests.

The International Law Institute said in a statement that the police arrested Mohammadin at his home in the Giza governorate near Cairo in the early hours of Friday morning. The latest of human rights activists and politicians arrested in recent weeks.

The Supreme State Security Prosecution has ordered the arrest of 20 of those who participated in protests over the increase in the price of metro tickets for 15 days pending investigation and are currently being questioned on charges including incitement to demonstrate and disrupt public transport.

The Paris Institute denounced the charges against Mohammedin for “participating with such a terrorist group knowing its purpose, participating in and inciting to demonstrate to disrupt public transport, harming the interests of citizens and using the international information site to incite terrorist acts” without identifying the banned group.

The Human Rights Institute said that the charges were considered unjustified and arbitrary justifications for the arrest of the prominent Egyptian activist without any legal document, especially that Muhammad is a lawyer who defends the rights of workers and belongs to the movement of revolutionary socialists.

On Tuesday, the Supreme State Security Prosecution ordered the arrest of 15-day political activist Shadi al-Ghazali Harb on charges of joining a banned group.

Harb, one of the leading participants in the 2011 uprising, is also accused of inciting the overthrow of the regime and spreading false news.

The State Security Prosecution also ordered the detention of an activist who claimed in an online video that the government was not fighting sexual harassment. Other criticisms have also been directed at the authorities. Lawyers say that the activist named Amal Fathi faces similar charges for Ghazali Harb.

The Francophone Paris Institute for freedoms deplored Egypt’s poor human rights record under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the allegation which its strict security and economic measures aimed at maintaining the stability of the country, while in fact, it is turning it into a repressive state ruled by a policy that prohibits public freedoms.

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