Source: German Development Institute
Author(s): Markus Loewe, Georgeta Vidican, Bernhard Trautner, Tilman Altenburg
An Italian citizen and just 28 years of age, Giulio Regeni was finishing his PhD at the University of Cambridge and spent last summer as a visiting researcher at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), where he carried out some outstanding work. He had been a visiting lecturer at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, since September 2015, researching the rise of free trade unions in the wake of the 2011 Tahrir revolution. This is presumably what sealed his fate. Since the New Year, he had commented on the phone to us that he felt a growing sense of unease about his research work and that he had to exercise increasing caution with regard to whom he met and where. Even with his good knowledge of the local language and the situation on the ground, this was a scenario which he had not previously encountered…
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