CEU stands with
Ahmed Samir Santawy
CEU MA student Ahmed Samir Santawy was arrested in Cairo on February 1, 2021. On February 6, Ahmed was charged with belonging to a terrorist organization and spreading false news on social media. He is currently remanded in the notorious Tora Prison, without a hearing or any legal representation.
CEU condemns this denial of our student’s right to a fair hearing and calls on the Egyptian authorities to grant Ahmed immediate access to legal counsel and to his family. We have no evidence that would support the charges against Ahmed and call for his immediate release.
We encourage universities and institutes of higher education in Austria, Europe and around the world, as well as students' associations and colleagues everywhere to join us in calling for Ahmed’s immediate release.
#free_ahmed_samir #freeahmedsamir #ahmedsamirsantawy
Ahmed Samir Santawy, a Master’s student in Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University in Vienna, Austria has been detained since February 2021 and was sentenced in June to four years in prison. It appears that his sentence may be in retaliation for his work with women’s rights.
6 months in Egyptian cell
+40 days on hunger strike
1 acceptable outcome: his immediate release
Today his partner @YildizSouheila tells their story to vice-rector @ugent
Action is needed now! @Sophie_Wilmes @JanJambon
For 40 days he has been on hunger strike, he cannot leave his cell even for an hour of air, he has lost 15 kilos and probably has liver problems. These are the conditions of #AhmedSamirSantawy, arrested in Egypt in a story similar to that of #PatrickZaki. Free him.
Ahmed Samir Santawy, a master's student at Central European University in Vienna, was arrested on February 1 while visiting his family in Egypt. He was subsequently beaten and interrogated and sentenced to four years in prison on June 22. The anthropology student, also known as Ahmed Samir Abdelhay Ali, did research on women's and reproductive rights, among other things, and criticized the Egyptian government's pandemic policy.
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IFEX joins rights groups in calling on President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to quash the unfair verdict against researcher and graduate student Ahmed Samir Santawy, who was sentenced to four years in prison on "false news" charges.
While #PatrickZaki's detention continues, #AhmedSamirSantawy, a researcher at Central European University in Vienna is still in prison: sentenced to four years, he has been on hunger strike for almost a month demanding justice and freedom. We also insist on justice and freedom.
Since the 1st of February 2021, Ahmed Samir Santawy, a Central European University (CEU) student in Austria, has been arbitrarily detained by the Egyptian Security Forces. Since the beginning, the European Students’ Union and the Global Student Forum have been following the case in order to support the campaigners of the #FreeAhmedSamir movement and the international human rights organisations in their efforts to achieve his release.
19 days since #AhmedSamirSantawy went on a hunger strike to protest the verdict against him. He was transferred to a room under medical supervision in the prison after his condition deteriorated.
We stand in solidarity with him and demand his immediate release.#FreeAhmedSamir pic.twitter.com/3BUH2HszUX
Today my colleague Niki Kunrath and I again requested the immediate release of Ahmed Samir Abdelhay Ali in the municipal council. Ahmed Samir was sentenced to 4 years in prison a few days ago and has since been on a hunger strike.
It is our responsibility as upstanding democrats to do everything in our power so that Ahmed can return to Vienna!
Imprisoned student Ahmed Samir Santawy began a hunger strike last week to protest a 4-year sentence in jail.
"I'm not a criminal: either I get out of here or I die" - Ahmed Samir Santawy's desperate words break my heart and leave me indignant. He, like Zaki, are victims of a regime (the Egyptian) that does not stop violating human rights. Remaining silent means being complicit!
The undersigned rights organizations condemn the sentencing of researcher Ahmed Samir Santawy to four years in prison, on 22 June, by the Emergency Supreme State Security Court in Case no. 774 of 2021.
The sentence is against academic #freedom and against freedom of expression!