‘Facebook Girl’ may be free, but oppression remains rife in Egypt

Around 40 detainees in Cairo’s prisons receive great news on this Eid al-Adha that they were free to go now. And three of them were famous journalists, and three were human rights activists. 

However, all those 40 folks have to come to the trial to courts slated for later this year. They haven’t got any acquisition. 

One of the most famous and said to be more reputed people of this group was¬†Esraa Abdel-Fattah, aka “Facebook Girl.” This 43-year-old woman is a blogger as well as a Nobel Prize nominee. But she was spending almost two years of pretrial detention for “disseminating false news and anti-state charges.”

Read More:  Egypt releases activists amid US concerns over detentions

Clampdown overshadows releases

The ongoing clampdown on dissidents in Egypt has a stark contrast to the recent release of journalists and activists. 

Also, earlier this week, the former editor-in-chief of the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram, Abdel Naser Salama, got into custody for spreading terrorism and false news. 

Also, the Muslim Brotherhood organization, those were having designation as a terrorist group in 2013. These sorts of groups are also not going in mercy for Egypt. 

Egypt’s trump cards

President El-Sissi and the Egyptian government are changing their behavior with international pressure. But the reality is, this isn’t being taken seriously. 

Egypt has only a few trump cards to hand over against the pressure of Washington. Against terrorism, this country is a reliable partner.

In the middle east conflict, Egypt was a significant mediator. And the US had appreciated making a peace deal between the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas and Israel.

Egypt’s potential new allies

The relationship of Egypt with the United States of America is a bilateral relationship and multifaceted one. And the US is considering Egypt over Russia or France or China for buying the weapons.

On the other hand, Egypt also needs the USA at the same amount. The necessity of Egypt is in the GERD issue with Ethiopia or via educational grants and programs that could be awarded. 

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