Egypt Arrests Human Rights Leaders, Continuing Crackdown on Dissent

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CAIRO — The executive director of one of Egypt’s leading human rights organizations was arrested Thursday night, the group said, joining two staff members detained earlier this week and thousands of opposition figures, protesters and activists already in prison.The rights group, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, is one of the few remaining organizations that openly advocate for basic freedoms in Egypt, where the government under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has silenced most dissent over the past six years.Mr. el-Sisi had found an ally in President Trump, who has called Mr. el-Sisi his “favorite dictator,” but Egypt’s human rights record may put him on shakier ground with the incoming Biden administration. Mr. el-Sisi recently released a handful of political prisoners, hired high-profile lobbyists in Washington and rushed to congratulate President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. before any other Arab leader.Yet the latest arrests make clear that Egypt’s political crackdown goes on.The human rights group said its director, Gasser Abdel-Razek, was arrested at his home in Cairo on Thursday evening, four days after the arrest of the group’s office manager, Mohamed Basheer, and a day after that of its criminal justice director, Kareem Ennarah. Mr. …

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