Amnesty International Calls For Release Of Egypt Activist

About 30,000 people have signed a petition to get an Egyptian woman who complained online about sexual harassment released from pre-trial detention.


Amal Fathy is due to appear before the Maadi Misdemeanours Court in Cairo on Saturday - but campaign group Amnesty International says it is unclear what charges Ms Fathy faces and is calling for her release.

Amnesty's North Africa Campaigns Director Najia Bounaim says:
“It is a shocking case of injustice. She is a human rights defender who told her truth to the world and wanted to highlight the vital issue of women’s safety in Egypt. She is not a criminal."

In the video Ms Fathy uploaded earlier this year she criticised the Egyptian government for not doing enough to protect women and for providing what she says are poor public services.