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Free Shawkan photo exhibition

When

Monday 28 November 2016

18:30 – 20:30

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Where

Amnesty International UK, The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA

Details

Exhibition of photographs on protest, repression and daily life in Egypt, by the jailed Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan. The exhibition, and Amnesty's work on Shawkan's case, will be introduced by Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Campaigner.

Shawkan was covering a sit-in on 14 August 2013 in Cairo when security forces, police and tanks swept in. As they fired bullets and tear gas, he photographed the mayhem around him.

When the police found out that Shawkan was a journalist, they arrested him, tied his hands together with plastic cables that cut through his skin, and beat him. Up to a thousand people were killed on that day across Egypt, and Shawkan was among hundreds arrested.

He has now been detained without charge for over three years, in contravention of Egyptian law. He has Hepatitis C, but has been denied adequate medication. His health is deteriorating.

Shawkan faces nine trumped-up charges, including 'joining a criminal gang' and 'murder'. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Amnesty International UK invites you to come and see his photos of protest and repression in Egypt, and to meet other activists working to get him freed.

To register for the event, just click on this link

Shawkan’s case is one of 12 featured in Amnesty International's Write for Rights (November/December 2016) campaign booklet, as part of a determined push to persuade the Egyptian government to set him free.

If you would like to discuss Shawkan’s case or these events, please email hugh.sandeman@amnesty.org.uk or call him on 07785 502 759.

Further details and contact information

Amnesty International UK
Email: sct@amnesty.org.uk
Telephone: 02070331777

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Tags: , international, egypt, media freedom, photography