In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 photo, Hesham Genena, Egypt's former top auditor who suffered serious injuries during an apparent kidnapping attempt, talks during an interview with the Associated Press at his home in Cairo, Egypt.
In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 photo, Hesham Genena, Egypt's former top auditor who suffered serious injuries during an apparent kidnapping attempt, talks during an interview with the Associated Press at his home in Cairo, Egypt.

CAIRO - Amnesty International says Egypt’s crackdown on freedom of expression has reached “alarming” levels, calling for the unconditional release of Egyptians jailed for peacefully expressing their views.

The rights group launched a campaign called “Egypt, an Open-Air Prison for Critics” on Tuesday. It said in a statement it wants supporters around the world to show their solidarity with Egyptians detained for expressing their views by writing to the Cairo government to put an “end to the persecution.”

FILE - An Egyptian military vehicle is seen on a highway in northern Sinai, Egypt, May 25, 2015.
US Releases Aid to Egypt Amid Human Rights Concerns
The Trump administration is justifying the release of hundreds of millions of dollars in additional military aid to Egypt, citing the country's progress over the last year in counterterrorism efforts and some improvements in its human rights record.A State Department official told VOA the United States has worked closely with the Egyptian government over the last year to further strengthen bilateral ties in support of common security and counterterrorism goals."The secretary signed the national…

Egypt has launched the largest crackdown on critics in its modern history in the five years since the military ouster of the country's first freely elected civilian president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. The government has arrested thousands of his supporters along with iconic secular activists, placed the media under tight control and suppressed freedoms.

The government says security and improving the economy are top priorities.

FILE - Police officers sit in the court as suspects are seen behind a fence in Cairo, Egypt, July 28, 2018.
Rights Groups Blast 75 Death Sentences by Egyptian Court
Nearly a dozen rights groups on Tuesday condemned the passing of death sentences by an Egyptian court against 75 people, including top leaders of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group. A statement by the 11 organizations rejected the trial's proceedings, saying they exemplified the "degraded standards of fairness, impartiality and independence that define Egypt's dysfunctional judiciary." They also demanded an immediate end to capital punishment and a moratorium on executions. The statement was the…

 

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