Amnesty: Egypt using ‘sinister’ secretive agency to crush dissent

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY VIDEO) — A new report from Amnesty International has accused Egypt of misusing counterterrorism laws to detain peaceful protesters and journalists.

The rights group says a special security agency comprising of hand-picked judges, has tripled its prosecutions since President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi came to power.

The report says detentions have been renewed for years without evidence or a chance to appeal.
Authorities have denied these accusations in the past.

In September, security forces arrested thousands of people during anti-government protests.

Hussein Baoumi is Amnesty International’s Egypt researcher and author of the report.

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