Galal El Behairy

Galal El-Behairy | Status: Imprisoned | Egypt

Galal El-Behairy is an Egyptian poet, lyricist, and activist who has been in detention in Tora Prison in Cairo since March 2018. More

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Ahdaf Soueif

A prominent English-language novelist, Soueif was arrested on March 18, 2020 for protesting for the release of Egyptians left vulnerable to coronavirus in overcrowded prisons. She is currently detained… More

Ibrahim Al-Husseini

In December 2018, Al-Husseini was arrested on charges of “inciting protests” for social media posts criticizing authoritarian rule and religious extremism in Egypt. He was released on bail in… More

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Ismail Alexandrani

A researcher and journalist specializing in counterterrorism in the North Sinai, Alexandrani was arrested in November 2015 and charged with spreading government secrets. After 2 years in pretrial detention,… More

Hesham Gaafar

Gaafar was detained without warrant in October 2015 for suspected involvement with the banned Muslim Brotherhood. He was held for 41 months in pretrial detention, often under prolonged solitary… More

Abdel-Rahman Mekled

Mekled was arrested in August 2017 as part of a group of journalists and writers who had criticized the Egyptian government's decision to renounce its claim on several Red… More

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Abdel-Halim Qandil

A prolific journalist whose work has been censored many times in the past decade, Qandil was jailed in December 2017 for comments he made in a TV interview criticizing… More