Egyptian Coptic Christian Activist Ramy Kamel’s Detention Extended

According to recent information acquired by Coptic Solidarity, we understand that Ramy Kamel was rather optimistic about being released at his next hearing and that his ordeal would soon come to an end. Paradoxically, the prosecutor extended Mr. Kamel’s detention, yet again for 45 days.

Coptic Solidarity and 21Wilberforce urges the immediate release of Mr. Kamel, who has suffered unjust solitary imprisonment for nearly 20 months. This solitary detention is considered torture by UN experts. This contradictory messaging is particularly cruel for an individual, physically and mentally weakened by nearly two years of arbitrary detention and countless renewals, while being deprived of the remotest resemblance of a fair judiciary process.

The Egyptian authorities must put an end to the senseless torture of Mr. Kamel who was imprisoned merely for his work as a human rights advocate and for speaking out (rather objectively and in very moderate ways) about some injustices faced by Copts in Egypt.

Coptic Solidarity holds the Egyptian government accountable—as it continues to behave in defiance of international norms—and renews our recommendations and calls upon:

  1. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet to contact Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, urging the immediate release of Ramy Kamel.
  2. US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, to contact Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, urging the release of Ramy Kamel.
  3. The United Nations Human Rights Council to establish a monitoring and reporting mechanism on Egypt at the Human Rights Council until there is meaningful and sustained improvement in the country’s human rights situation.

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Posted July 2nd on   Revised July 20, 2021


– UN experts issued a statement calling for his release.

– Read USCIRF’s call for Ramy’s release.

– Learn more about Ramy’s case, and how he has supported important access to information Egyptian authorities are trying to ignore and hide