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Cairo releases dozens of detainees

Egypt recently released dozens of activists and journalists who had been in pretrial detention for months in what some say is an effort to polish the Egyptian state’s image before the United States.

CAIRO — In less than a week, the Egyptian authorities released several prominent activists and dozens of young people detained in different cases related to political activism. Egyptian politicians and rights’ activists who spoke to Al-Monitor saw the move as a positive indicator for  Egypt improving its human rights record.

On July 13, the International Dialogue Group thanked the public prosecutor and security forces for releasing 46 young men who were detained for their political activism. 

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