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Egyptian activist unjustly sentenced to 3 years in prison
Egypt, action created 13.11.2014, petition is active
Yara Sallam is a human rights defender working in the Egyptian initiative for personal rights (EIPR). It is also known for its activity in the field of women's rights. On June 21, a protest erupted at the presidential palace in Cairo. Yara Sallam did not appear during the protest, and was actually out walking with her cousin in the district of Heliapolis. However, security forces arrested them both after the protest while she was buying water. Her cousin was released the next day, but Yara remained in custody after the police found that she works for the EIPR. Amnesty International considers her a prisoner of conscience and calls for her immediate release.
Yara, together with 21 others arrested during a protest on October 26, were sentenced to three years in prison. After their release, security forces will still monitor them for three additional years.
Accusations against them included "participation in an unauthorized demonstration, which threatens public order and security" and "showing strength in order to scare passers-by and endanger their lives."
According to advocates, the evidence used in court failed to prove that anyone would have acted violently. Neither the families of the accused nor the public could not attend court. In addition, the authorities separated the defendants from the courtroom space with a partition of colored glass, so that the defendants could not hear or speak with their lawyers. The court also imposed a fine of 10,000 Egyptian pounds (about CZK 30,000) in order to repair the buildings damaged during the June 21 protests.
According to the testimony of the Egyptian initiative for personal rights, the group of protesters that marched toward the presidential palace were attacked by armed men who used broken glass, knives and swords. When the protesters arrived at Ismailiya square in Cairo, security forces used tear gas against them, and drove them into surrounding streets.
Yara Sallam, along with six other women remain imprisoned in the al-Qanater prison, while the men are detained in Cairo's Tora prison.