Statement by Austrian MEP Bettina Vollath

I am very moved by the current case of the Egyptian student, Ahmed Samir. He is studying at Central European University in Vienna and was arrested by Egyptian security forces without reason on February 1, 2021 while visiting his home and is still in custody.

Time and time again, arrests are made on Human rights activists and researchers with a European connection in Egypt. As Europe, we must not allow this, and we must stand up for freedom of academic research and freedom of expression. The ORF also reported on this in detail on Friday in ZIB II, the link can be found in the comments.

Quote in picture: “Immediate release of Ahmed Samir Abdelhay Ali”