We are a U.S.-based group of activists, scholars and researchers who have been inspired by the bravery and creativity of Egyptians struggling for freedom and alarmed by the dire levels of political repression in post-Revolution Egypt. Our goals are:
- To share critical information about the Egyptian carceral state and its massive population of political prisoners.
- To draw attention to the U.S. role in perpetuating rights abuses and the rule of corrupt, military dictatorship.
- To carry out campaigns of support and advocacy for Egyptian civil society, political prisoners and their families, while fostering connections with similar groups in the U.S., Europe, and the MENA region.
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(April 15, 2021)
Suspend Military Aid to Egypt: An Open Letter on Tax Day 2021
(March 9, 2021)
(Panel Discussion with: Sarah Leah Whitson (DAWN); Hussein Baoumi, (Amnesty International); and Mohamed Soltan (Freedom Initiative).
Most human rights organizations estimate the current population of political prisoners in Egypt to be over 70,000, although some think that the number of 100,000 is more accurate. Others give even higher estimates. In the ten years since the 25 January Uprising, the Egyptian state has built more than 35 new prisons just to handle the burgeoning population.
In Egypt, prisoners of conscience are regularly disappeared, locked in solitary confinement, held without trial, and denied access to food, health care, and family visits. Torture is widespread as is abuse. Egyptian authorities often hold the members of prisoners’ families as hostages. During COVID-19, conditions have only worsened.
Every prisoner is a human being with a story that deserves to be heard. Here are some:
“Mass incarceration is not a solution to unemployment, nor is it a solution to the vast array of social problems that are hidden away in a rapidly growing network of prisons and jails. However, the great majority of people have been tricked into believing in the efficacy of imprisonment, even though the historical record clearly demonstrates that prisons do not work.” — Angela Davis
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