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Good news – Mahmoud Hussein has been released in Egypt!

    March 31, 2016

    Thanks in large part to Amnesty supporters who worked so hard tirelessly for his release, 20 year old prisoner of conscience Mahmoud Hussein has been freed from prison in Egypt and reunited with his family.

    In 2014, Mahmoud, a student, was arrested for wearing a “Nation Without Torture” t-shirt and a scarf marking the “25 January Revolution.” He was charged with 'belonging to a banned group' and 'attending an unauthorized protest.’ He was arrested on his way home from a protest against military rule and the Muslim Brotherhood. He was tortured and ill-treated in detention and forced into signing a confession. Mahmoud was detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression and assembly.

    Amnesty supporters from around the world joined together with his brother Tarek and took action demanding his release.

    After two years and two months in jail, on March 25, Mahmoud was released on bail.

    Mahmoud and Tarek would like to thank you for all of your support.

    Want to send a message to Mahmoud and Tarek? Send them a Tweet @titotarek8.

    Other prisoners of conscience remain in jails around the world. Mahmoud was imprisoned for wearing an anti-torture t-shirt. Atena Farghadani in Iran is imprisoned for drawing a cartoon. She is also a prisoner of conscience and we badly need your help to secure her freedom.

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