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Amnesty: Egypt using probation measures to silence activists

July 23, 2019
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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014 file photo, Egypt's leading pro-democracy activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah walks with his sister Mona Seif prior to a conference held at the American University in Cairo, near Tahrir Square, Egypt. Amnesty International is criticizing Egyptian authorities for imposing repressive probation measures on pro-democracy activists recently released from prison. The group said Tuesday, July 23, 2019 that over 400 people are currently on probation, having to stay at a police station from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. every night, including Abdel-Fattah, Ahmad Maher and Mohammed Adel — key figures in the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)
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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014 file photo, Egypt's leading pro-democracy activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah walks with his sister Mona Seif prior to a conference held at the American University in Cairo, near Tahrir Square, Egypt. Amnesty International is criticizing Egyptian authorities for imposing repressive probation measures on pro-democracy activists recently released from prison. The group said Tuesday, July 23, 2019 that over 400 people are currently on probation, having to stay at a police station from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. every night, including Abdel-Fattah, Ahmad Maher and Mohammed Adel — key figures in the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

CAIRO (AP) — A leading rights group is criticizing Egyptian authorities for imposing repressive probation measures on pro-democracy activists recently released from prison.

The measures require those released to report every day to the police and spend the night at the nearest police station for months, drastically limiting their freedom of movement.

Amnesty International says Tuesday that over 400 people are currently on probation, having to stay at a police station from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. every night. Otherwise, they risk new full detention, criminal charges and possibly imprisonment.

Recently freed activists Alaa Abdel-Fattah, Ahmad Maher and Mohammed Adel — key figures in the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak — are among those under probation.

Amnesty’s Magdalena Mughrabi says authorities rely on such measures “to intimidate peaceful activists into silence.”

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