Region: Austria
Civil rights

Release Ahmed Samir Abdelhay Ali

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Ägyptische Regierung
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On behalf of all Higher Education Students in Austria we express our grave concern for the life and safety of Mr Ahmed Samir Abdelhay Ali, a graduate student of the Central European University in Vienna. According to reports he was arrested in Cairo on February 1st, 2021.

We therefore urge the Egyptian Government to intervene and ensure the unconditional release of Ahmed Samir Abdelhay Ali, to allow his return to Austria for the continuation of his studies.


As it is our understanding, Mr Samir returned to Egypt for a family visit in December 2020 and was interrogated at Sharm Elsheikh International Airport for three hours upon his arrival. After his parents’ house had been searched by the National Security Agency on January 23rd, 2021, he was instructed to appear at the Fifth Settlement police station on January 30th. Having followed the aforementioned instructions, he was told to return the following day, February 1st, 2021. Subsequently, he disappeared for 5 days. According to reports, he was arrested and interrogated by police officers for several hours without legal representation at an undisclosed location.

Over the course of 5 days, he was reportedly subjected to physical abuse and torture. On Saturday, February 6th, the Supreme State Security Prosecution ordered his detention for 15 days pending police investigations. According to his lawyer, Mr Samir is being accused of “joining a terrorist group with prior knowledge of its objectives, broadcasting false news aimed at disrupting security and public order, and using an account on Facebook for the purpose of spreading false news”.

In the absence of any evidence that may clarify our understanding of these events, the facts as described above suggest that Mr Samir's detention violates his rights to freedom of speech and expression as protected by the Universal Declaration of Human Right.

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  • 9 days ago

    This student is being held on false charges, and the accusations made against him are baseless and dangerous. We demand his safe release. Ahmed is a brilliant researcher. We cannot let this life be silenced because he dared to work on topics such as women's reproductive rights in Egypt. Release Ahmed.

  • on 19 Feb 2021

    Ahmed is a student at my university and I am concerned for his wellbeing and the violation of his human rights.

  • on 15 Feb 2021

    Ahmed hat soweit ich weiß nichts verbrochen, seine Haft scheint mir eher eine Art Unterdrückungsversuch von fortschrittlichen und wissenschaftlichen Idealen, was ich als Student in Österreich nicht gutheißen kann!

  • Janna Fischer Innsbruck

    on 12 Feb 2021

    Freedom of speech and human rights must be protected and are clearly violated here. This is outrageous.

  • on 11 Feb 2021

    Es tut mir so leid und weh, dass Ahmwd Samir völlig schuldlos eingesperrt wurde. Die Vorstellung ist grauenhaft.

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