On Int’l Student Day, rights org condemns restrictions on student activity
Clashes between pro-MB and security forces in Cairo University - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Some 371 university students have been arrested, 135 expelled and one killed since the new academic year began in October, the Egyptian Commission on Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) announced on the occasion of the International Student Day observed Monday.

“There is a list of offenses at universities; everything from holding a sign with an opposition slogan to assaulting someone is treated the same way. Penalties are incommensurate with violations,” Adalah Center for Rights and Freedoms head Amr Kilany told The Cairo Post Monday following a press conference held by ECRF at the Hisham Mubarak Law Center in Cairo.

A number of those detained since October were arrested from their homes even before the school year began, researcher Hussein Abdel Salam, the author of the report, said while speaking to the conference.

In the previous academic year, 19 students were killed at university protests, around 2,037 were arrested and 600 were expelled, according to the report.

Abdel Salam criticized newly adopted laws allowing the military trials of students, as five Al-Azhar University students have already been referred to military prosecution. He also condemned the law empowering the president to appoint the heads of universities and faculties.

The report recommended the government expedite investigations on the killing of students, release students arrested for peacefully protesting, review the mentioned laws and the expulsion of students and finally, to exercise restraint while dealing with protests.

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