Trump must urge Sisi to end abuses – Reprieve

April 3, 2017

Commenting on today’s visit to the White House by Egypt’s President, Abdelfattah al Sisi, Maya Foa – a director at Reprieve – said:

“As President Sisi visits the White House, his government is overseeing a campaign of repression that flies in the face of American values. Thousands of people – including protestors, journalists, bloggers and others – languish in horrific prison conditions, with many being tortured. Hundreds still face the death penalty in unfair mass trials that make a mockery of due process. Among them are people who were arrested as children, like Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa. President Trump must urge Sisi to end these appalling abuses, and release Ibrahim and the many like him.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

1. Reprieve is an international human rights organization. Reprieve’s London office can be contacted on: communications [at] reprieve.org.uk / +44 (0) 207 553 8140. Reprieve US, based in New York City, can be contacted on Katherine [dot] oshea [at] reprieve.org / +1 917 855 8064.

2. Ibrahim Halawa is an Irish citizen who was arrested in the aftermath of protests in 2013. He faces the death penalty in a trial of 494 people. Further information about his case can be found at the Reprieve website, here.

3. Further background on abuses in Egypt, including the death penalty, can be found in this Reprieve report, or on request.