Renewed Arbitrary Detention: Keeping the Egyptian Opposition in Detention

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Author(s): Amr Ahmed Ibrahim

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Renewed arbitrary—or “rotation” of detention—is the act of re-detaining those who have been already granted a release order after the termination of their sentences, a verdict of acquittal, or otherwise. Egyptian authorities began this practice to a limited extent between 2016 and 2018 before gradually using it on a larger scale in 2018 until it reached its peak by 2020. “Rotation” is still ongoing regardless of the repeated calls by human rights organizations to release the accused that are not involved in acts of violence, especially under the widespread of COVID-19. 

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