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Market Stall - Letters for Egypt's Disappeared
Sat 4 February 2017, 10:30 – 13:00 GMT
Join Amnesty International UK's Cambridge city group at their stall in front of Market Square on 4th of February, where we will be focussing on the human rights situation in Egypt, in particular on the following 3 cases:
1. Giulio Regeni - A PhD student from Italy studying at Girton College in University of Cambridge, Giulio Regeni disappeared in Cairo on January 25, 2016, where he was conducting research for his studies. A few days later on February 3, his dead body was recovered and showed signs of torture. Since then, human rights activists, students of Girton College, and the UK and Italian governments have been calling on Egypt to investigate the matter. The Italian government is calling on UK government to put more pressure and act swiftly to bring Egypt's security services to justice.
2. Azza Soliman - Prominent human rights activist Azza Soliman was arrested from her home in Cairo on December 7, 2016, in what has been an increasing worrying sign of treatment meted out to human rights activists in Egypt by government authorities. There has been no significant update since the arrest and we urge the authorities to act swiftly in the matter.
3. Mahmoud Abu Zeid, aka Shawkan - Photojournalist Shawkan was covering a peaceful protest in August 2013 in Cairo when security services and police started using bullets and teargas to disperse the protestors. Shawkan, when photographing the disturbance, was arrested. He was tortured, beaten and has been detained without charge for more than 3 years. Despite his ill-health, he has been denied medication. If convicted, he could face death penalty.
At the market stall event, we will be collecting signatures for the above cases and call on Egypt's authorities to act swiftly.