Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Rights group calls for release of Egyptian Facebook activists

The Egyptian government should immediately release 16 activists involved in a peaceful protest last week that was organized on the social networking site Facebook, Amnesty International said on July 27, according to Agence France-Presse.

The protests occurred on a beach in Alexandria on July 23. Those detained were ordered jailed for 15 days for “threatening national security.” The protestors were members of the ‘6 April Youth’ Facebook group, which, as the article notes, “earlier this year called for a day of protest at rising prices.”

Amnesty voiced particular concern for two activists, Ahmed Afifi and Mohammed Taher, saying: “It is not known where they are held and Amnesty International fears they are at risk of torture of ill-treatment.”

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