Breaking: Amnesty International Staff Detained in Cairo

Update: Take action now to demand the release of human rights monitors

Two Amnesty International representatives have been detained by police in Cairo after the Hisham Mubarak Law Centre was taken over by military police this morning.

Amnesty International USA called on President Obama to immediately demand the release of the Amnesty International staff members.  In addition, we have asked for a meeting in Washington with the Egyptian ambassador to the United States.

The Amnesty International representatives were taken, along with Ahmed Seif Al Islam Khaled Ali, a delegate from Human Rights Watch, and others, to an unknown location in Cairo. Amnesty International does not know their current whereabouts.

“We call for the immediate and safe release of our colleagues and others with them who should be able to monitor the human rights situation in Egypt at this crucial time without fear of harassment or detention,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

A number of other activists are still being held in the Centre.

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2 thoughts on “Breaking: Amnesty International Staff Detained in Cairo

  1. It is unacceptable to detain foreign observers and peace workers in times of local trouble. Please do all you can to release the Amnesty International workers. They are on a humane mission and should not be detained!

  2. It is unacceptable to detain foreign observers and peace workers in times of local trouble. Please do all you can to release the Amnesty International workers. They are on a humane mission and should not be detained!