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Update on Ahmed Samir Santawy

According to Scholars at Risk, detained student Ahmed Samir Santawy’s retrial in Egypt was postponed for the third time to May 9, 2022.

As discussed in our last post, Santawy was sentenced by the Egyptian court on June 22, 2021 to four years in prison on arbitrary charges and has been kept in solitary confinement since then. Further information on Santawy’s case can be found on Endangered Scholars Worldwide’s website.

Ahmed Samir Santawy before the arrest. Courtesy of Twitter.

Endangered Scholars Worldwide condemns the Egyptian authorities’ excessive use of repressive measures including indefinite pre-trial detention, arbitrary revival of cases, and torture and harassment to silence the freedom of expression. We call on the Egyptian authorities to immediately drop the arbitrary verdict against Ahmed Samir Santawy and immediately and unconditionally release him. Please write to the following representatives and to the diplomatic missions of Egypt in your respective countries urging the Egyptian government to drop the charges and immediately release Ahmed Samir Santawy and other detainees:

Ambassador Yasser Reda

Egyptian Embassy to the United States

3521 International Ct. NW

Washington DC 20008




Mohamed Fathi Ahmed Edrees

Egyptian Permanent Representative to the United Nations

United Nations

800 Second Avenue

New York, NY 10017


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