Kafka meets Orwell in Egypt’s surreal brave new world, where a like, share or post on Facebook may land you behind bars for “supporting terrorism” or “insulting the regime.” We present five case studies.
While most Egyptian detainees suffer from torture, ill treatment and inhumane penitentiary conditions, musician Hani Mehanna recently described the life of luxury he enjoyed in one of the country’s five-star prisons for the rich and famous
When imprisoned in a “reserve prison”, you are not given a specific timeframe for your release, and successive renewals of your stay there may take place indefinitely. This type of prison in Egypt, is often called the ‘Forgotten Prison’, the same one in which Shadi Habash died a few months ago, after he realized that he had too, been forgotten.
“We will go on.” That’s how Sanaa Seif concluded the description of the abuse they were subjected to. This case reminds us of the countless stances of this loud-voiced family in defending their rights.
Lina was imprisoned again. The assiduous journalist, who was determined to accomplish the task assigned to her, the same way the Egyptian authorities were determined to restrict the work of the press and repress their freedoms.
“Ramy Essam is not responsible for Shady’s death. It is the regime that is responsible for the imprisonment and death, there’s no need to lay the blame on Ramy and acquit the police, the regime and the jailers”.
It’s the ideal time for weak and corrupt governments to do whatever they want to seek more power, while their citizens are spending their time and effort searching for protection, medical care, security as well as coping mechanisms to deal with self-isolation.