Activists who took part in a peaceful protest on 21 June calling for the repeal of repressive anti-protest laws in Egypt have been sentenced to three years in jail and handed a 10,000 EGP fine after court hearings denounced as a “show trial” by Amnesty International.
Twenty-year old Sanaa Seif, a student and well-known activist, and Yara Sallam who works for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, are among the 23 people sentenced on 26th October.
Their lawyers announced their intention to appeal against the verdicts.
This show trial, based on highly questionable evidence, is the latest example of the Egyptian authorities’ determination to quash peaceful protest and stifle any form of dissent – Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme
Sanaa has been on hunger strike for 60 days in protest at her detention and in solidarity with other political prisoners who have been taking part in a wave of hunger strikes for justice.
What you can do:
- Join the 1000 hours of hunger campaign here
- Send a message of protest to the Egyptian authorities via the embassy of Egypt in your country. Addresses and emails can be found online here
- Download and print out our signs for a protest or vigil [hunger_strike_solidarity_female] [hunger_strike_solidarity_male.pdf] [solidarity poster]