Human rights group condemns Egypt

JOHANNESBURG – The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) has condemned Egyptian human rights abuses committed in June, and in the prior months.

Its recently released report says that 32 people were sentenced to death last month. An Egyptian military court held seven trials of 781 civilians, including 13 shipyard workers, in addition to handing down prison sentences, including life sentences, to 215 prisoners, Egypt’s Daily News reported.

Others targeted in Egypt’s crackdown on civil liberties and freedoms included lawyers, human rights activists and journalists, ANHRI says.

Violations against the media and freedom of press included the deportation of dual British-Lebanese TV anchor Lilian Dawood at the end of June after arresting her at her Cairo home.

Dawood hosted “The Full Picture”, a programme highly critical of the Egyptian government, and President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in particular, on the ONTV network.

She also frequently interviewed youths and protest leaders, further making her a target for Egypt’s continuing draconian crackdown on dissent.