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Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Egypt in the News on 9 March 2020

A spate of stories focusing on Egypt’s human rights situation have hit the pages of the foreign press: British MPs have called on the UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to intervene in the case of four young men in Egypt who were arrested before the age of 18, allegedly tortured in prison, and are now facing a death sentence, according to the Guardian. The UN has called on authorities to release the detainees. Meanwhile, the AP reports that Patrick Zaki — the Egyptian graduate student detained at Cairo airport last month — has been transferred to Tora prison.

Other headlines worth a moment of your time:

  • Microcredit lending growing, but many face jail over unpaid debts: Women are the primary beneficiaries of increasing microloans, receiving 70% of the credit in Egypt in a concerted aim to increase living standards for families. But thousands still face devastating consequences — including jail — for unpaid debts, France 24 reports.
  • Shia sites ordered closed: The Cairo Administrative Court has ordered closed several Shia Islam websites and TV channels after accepting last month a lawsuit filed by Samir Sabry — a lawyer who has made a name for himself as a guardian of public morality — to prevent the use of religion for “political manipulation,” Al Monitor reports.

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