U.S. Committee to End Political Repression in Egypt

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.
Detainees awaiting trial in Alexandria, 2015. (Source: The New Arab)

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(March 9, 2021)

Repression & Political Prisoners in Egypt: From Tahrir Square to Tora Prison

(Panel Discussion with: Sarah Leah Whitson (DAWN); Hussein Baoumi, (Amnesty International); and Mohamed Soltan (Freedom Initiative).

Prisons

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.

Yassin Muhammad, “Investigation” (Source: Qantara)

Conditions

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.

Inji Aflatoun, Scene from Women’s Prison, c. 1961 (Source: Al-Ahram)

US Aid to Egypt

Each year, Egypt receives $1.3 billion in military aid.

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis with Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Sedki Sobhy 2017 (Source: Stars and Stripes)

Cases

Every prisoner is a human being with a story that deserves to be heard. Here are some:

Alaa Abd El Fattah

Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh

Mahienour El-Masry

Patrick George

Haitham Mohamedain

Sanaa Seif

Walid Shawky

Leila Soueif

Inji Efflatoun, In the Woman’s Prison, c. 1960 (Source: Mid East Art)

“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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