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HRW: Arrests taken to new level in Egypt

November 29th, 2013
01:59 PM ET

Lengthy sentences handed down to 21 women and girls who were arrested at a pro-Morsy demonstration have highlighted growing unease over the Egyptian authorities' treatment of dissent.

The protesters, including seven minors, were sentenced Wednesday in Alexandria after being arrested at a demonstration in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsy earlier this month.

The seven minors were sent to juvenile detention, and each of the adult women got 11 years in prison.

Their sentencing came amid demonstrations over a new protest law announced by the military-backed Egyptian government Sunday.

The new law requires organizers to seek permission from authorities before gathering and gives police the right to cancel demonstrations and to disperse them with force.

Becky Anderson speaks to the Human Rights Watch's Heba Morayef about what Egypt is like post-Morsy and what arrests like these mean.

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