Freedom Initiative launches campaign to highlight targeting of US rights defenders

The Washington DC-based human rights NGO the Freedom Initiative has launched a campaign to raise awareness about violations committed by the Egyptian government against rights defenders based outside Egypt.

Also highlighted in the campaign are Middle East Programme Coordinator for the CPJ, Sherif Mansour, whose family has been repeatedly targeted, and US residents Ola Qaradawi and Hossam Khalaf who have been imprisoned in Egypt because of Ola’s father, the scholar Yusuf Qaradawi.

There are roughly 65,000 political prisoners in Egypt who are systematically tortured, denied medical aid, and sentenced to death.