Human Rights Watch: Egypt uses counterterrorism laws to prosecute critics


An international rights group is accusing Egyptian authorities of using counterterrorism and state-of-emergency laws and courts "of unjustly prosecuting journalists, activists and critics for their peaceful criticism."

A statement from Human Rights Watch on Sunday says Egyptian police carried out arrests of critics of President Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi both in the period before and after the March presidential election.

Nadim Houry of Human Rights Watch says Sisi's government has exploited security threats it faces "cynically, as a cover to prosecute peaceful critics and to revive the infamous (Hosni) Mubarak-era state security courts."

Authorities have arrested a number of secular activists since Sisi was re-elected for a second four-year term in March. He faced no serious challengers, after several potentially strong
candidates were arrested or intimidated into withdrawing from the race.    (AP)

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