CAIRO: Amnesty International released a petition Tuesday calling on Egypt to release a 19-year-old student jailed for 500 days for wearing a “Nation without Torture” t-shirt and a scarf marking the “January 25 Revolution.”
According to Amnesty website, student Mahmoud Hussein has spent 16 months in jail for “exercising his right to freedom of expression and assembly,” as he was arrested on his way home from an anti-military and pro-Muslim Brotherhood protest.
“Hussein has not been charged nor tried for any crimes; yet, he was tortured in detention and forced to sign a confession,” said Amnesty.
The organization added that although President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi announced in February that “all innocent youths locked up in jail would be released;” three months have passed without Hussein being released.
“He is innocent and should be released immediately and unconditionally. He is a prisoner of conscience,” said the petition.
It called for the unconditional and immediate release of Hussein, and others like him, and to drop all the charges against him, as “everyone should be able to live without fear for the view they express or for participating peacefully in a protest.”
Amnesty mentioned in its petition that Egypt is a part of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees the right to freedom of expression and assembly.
Hussein was arrested in the third anniversary of the January 25 Revolution in 2014. He was 18 years old then.