The British Government has welcomed the release of three prisoners from the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights who had been arrested in the country. The men released were Gasser Abdel Razek, Karim Ennarah and Mohamed Basheer.
A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said in a statement:
“The release of Gasser Abdel Razek, Karim Ennarah and Mohamed Basheer is a welcome step. We will continue to monitor their situation closely and stand up for human rights defenders across the world.”
Amnesty International had said in a statement last week:
“They are arbitrarily detained pending investigations into “terrorism” and other unfounded charges, solely in retaliation for EIPR’s human rights work. EIPR Executive Director Gasser Abdel-Razek is being held in solitary confinement in cruel and inhuman conditions at the Liman Tora Prison.”