Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Egyptian online activist, strike organizer beaten by police

According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), 27-year-old online activist Ahmed Maher Ibrahim was arrested, stripped, beaten, and threatened with rape by police after using Facebook to call for a nation-wide strike in Egypt, Agence France- Presse reported Sunday.

Ibrahim was arrested on May 7 after using the social networking site to promote the planned May 4 strike. In custody he was “blindfolded… taken to a police station where they striped him naked and beat him intermittently for 12 hours,” HRW said. Ibrahim was released on May 8 with a warning that another detention would bring harsher treatment.

Egyptian officials deny the incident ever took place.

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