Ramy Kamel, Mada Masr, and Seeing Coptic Issues as Civil Liberties in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Author(s): Amy Fallas

Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/ramy-kamel-mada-masr-and-seeing-coptic-issues-as-civil-liberties-in-egypt/

On November 23 security forces arrested Ramy Kamel, a Coptic activist and founder of the Maspero Youth Union (MYU), from his home in Cairo, preventing him from accessing legal representation required by law. He had been working with lawyers, activists, and religious leaders to track and document sectarian incidents in Upper Egypt and has an outspoken and longstanding history of advocating for rights of Christians in Egypt, especially since the 2011 uprisings when the MYU was formed. At the time of writing, Kamel remains in pretrial detention and faces a number of potential charges, including terrorism-related ones; his case has not yet been referred to trial.

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