Twitter ignites as Egypt 'terror' court hands 15-year term to human rights defender 

A so-called terrorism court in Egypt has sentenced the President of the Cairo Institute of Human Rights Studies, Bahey El-Din Hassan, to 15 years in prison in absentia. The charges levelled against Bahey Hassan, who has been described as the spiritual father of the human rights movement, are familiar. They have been issued, in one form or another, against Egypt's 60,000 political prisoners, multiple times: spreading false news and insulting the judiciary. Bahey Hassan left Egypt in 2014 after receiving death threats for his work. Two years later a travel ban was issued against him and his assets were frozen after he and his organisation were targeted by what Amnesty terms a "politically motivated investigation into the work of human … Continue reading Twitter ignites as Egypt 'terror' court hands 15-year term to human rights defender