Egyptian Release Political Prisoners Without Trial
Is Egypt trying to be in the good books of the world or is it something else? The Middle Eastern country has recently, released political detainees that had been held with trial. The latest release includes 31 men and two women whose release was announced by by Tareq El Khouly, a pro-government legislator and a member of a presidential commission that is reviewing the files of political detainees held without trial.
Human rights activists have revolted against the detainment of political detainees for a long time.
Hundreds of political detainees have been freed since President Abdel Fattah El Sisi called in April for a national dialogue to review key policies. The move was widely seen to be a major, though carefully calculated, move towards allowing a higher degree of freedom in the country.
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Rights groups claim that thousands, mostly Brotherhood supporters, remain in detention. Authorities say there are no political detainees in Egypt and people that are detained are accorded due legal rights and are treated well.
Arrests comes post the crackdown on members of the now banned Muslim Brotherhood, of which Islamist president Mohammed Morsi was also a part, and was removed forcefully by army in 2013. The scheduled national dialogue is expected to review political, economic and social policies before making recommendations to the president, who will then decide which ones his government will adopt.