Egypt frees Coptic rights activist Ramy Kamel

Today, Saturday, the Egyptian authorities released Coptic human rights activist Ramy Kamel, after more than two years of pre-trial detention.

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Kamal is a founding member of the Maspero Youth Union, a Coptic human rights organization born in the aftermath of the January 2011 protests that toppled the old ruler of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak.

“Rami is among his family…time to celebrate!” His sister, Bossi Kamel, wrote on Facebook.

Kamel was arrested in November 2019 on charges of joining a terrorist group, receiving foreign funding and spreading false information.

His supporters said he was posting footage of sectarian violence in southern Egypt on social media, about which he had received a warning from the authorities.

Human rights organizations at the time condemned his arrest, and repeatedly called for his release.

In a November 2021 report, USCIRF said the charges against Kamel were “spurious” and that he was “neither offered bail nor given an actual trial – only periodic mock hearings continuing on Permanence. Extension of his detention.”

The committee said in the report that Kamel’s arrest was likely an attempt to prevent him from speaking about the persecution of religious minorities at a United Nations conference.

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and others have raised concerns about the activist’s mental and physical health, saying he was placed in solitary confinement and suffers from severe asthma that worsened while in detention.

Coptic Christians, the largest non-Muslim religious minority in the Middle East, make up about 10 to 15 percent of Egypt’s 100 million Sunni Muslims.

They have long faced sectarian discrimination and complain of being marginalized from top positions in the justice system, universities, police and military.

They have also been subjected to intermittent sectarian attacks, particularly in remote and poor villages in southern Egypt.

Incidents occurred in which Copts were forcibly evicted from their homes by Muslim neighbors in southern Egypt, often with the tacit approval of the authorities.

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