Free Karim Ennarah and the other EIPR staff

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My husband Karim Ennarah has just been arrested in Egypt, as part of a crackdown on the Human Rights organisation where he works. His only crime is to dare to believe that Egyptians deserve the most basic of human rights. We only just got married in September - now nearly two months later I’m home in the UK without him and terrified of what will happen to him. 

There are lots of horror stories of activists, academics and bloggers being sentenced to long jail terms in Egypt and I need your help to make sure this doesn’t happen to Karim and his colleagues who were also arrested.

They arrested him while he was on a short holiday with friends at the Red Sea town of Dahab, where I was due to join him a few days later. His arrest came as a result of a meeting between the human rights organisation he works for and diplomats from various European countries - including the UK. Which is why our Government has a duty to do everything it can to help get him free.

The organisation where he works, The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), do important work such as documenting incidents of sectarian violence and violence against women, and leading research into strengthening economic and social rights. Karim was particularly focussed on human rights abuses within policing and the criminal justice system, which makes his arrest and detention all the more absurd. 

After his arrest, he was questioned for 4 hours, and charged with belonging to a terrorist group and spreading false information. Patrick George Zaki, Mohamed Bashir and EIPR executive director Gasser Abed El Razek have also been arrested and must be freed.

Just 2 months ago when we got married we were dreaming of our future together, now I don’t even know when I’ll get to see him again. 

I feel lucky that I was able to speak to him on the phone just before he was arrested; he told me he loved me very much, that he was sorry he hadn’t tried to leave the country sooner, and that he knew I would be strong.   

If we apply pressure now - before there is a trial or sentencing - we stand the best chance of getting him free. Please sign this petition calling on the UK Government to urgently intervene and call on the Egyptian authorities to release Karim and the EIPR staff.