The Mubarak regime’s silencing tactics were subtle compared to those of subsequent governments. Dozens of young political activists have been rounded up for violating a draconian anti-protest law, and at least 65 journalists have been detained since former president Mohamed Morsi was ousted last summer. The charges levied against both protesters and journalists have been notably severe.Abd El Fattah’s latest sentence — handed down June 11, only days after new president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was sworn in — is excessive by any measure. Along with 24 co-defendants, Abd El Fattah was sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of attacking a police officer and protesting the government’s ban on unsanctioned protests, as well as rioting and “disturbing public order.” In an Orwellian twist, Abd El Fattah and two of his co-defendants were sentenced in absentia because they were standing outside of the courthouse at the time, awaiting permission to enter.
The US is promoting human rights principles with one hand, and enabling human rights abuses with the other.
The Ethiopian government’s campaign to silence dissent has seen more than 100 people sentenced under the country’s sweeping Anti-Terrorism Proclamation. Among them are two award-winning journalists — Eskinder Nega and Reeyot Alemu — sentenced to 18 and 14 years respectively (Alemu’s sentence was later reduced to 5 years).
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