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RIGHTS GROUPS CALL FOR JUSTICE FOR DEAD EGYPTIAN FILMMAKER

RIGHTS GROUPS CALL FOR JUSTICE FOR DEAD EGYPTIAN FILMMAKER

Dozens of human rights organisations globally are calling for a full investigation into the death of a young filmmaker in a maximum-security prison.

The organisations have signed an open letter to the Egyptian authorities on the matter.

The human rights organisations are also urging Egypt to release all artists and writers in pre-trial detention which they say violates international treaties Egypt has signed

24-year-old Shady Habash was said to have died after drinking hand sanitiser by mistake but the letter’s authors question this account.

Habash died earlier this month after he had already been detained without trial for more than two years.

He was accused of spreading fake news and belonging to an illegal organisation over a music video that made fun of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.