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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.

Morsy's message of defiance?

November 5th, 2013
03:52 PM ET

University of Exeter's Omar Ashour talks to Becky about Mohamed Morsy's message of resistance and defiance.

This comes in the wake of ousted leader Mohammed Morsy's arrival for trial in Cairo.

Ashour remains sceptical and tells Becky Egypt is undergoing "a series of democratic blunders" and "not heading toward compromise any time soon".

Watch: Morsy trial abruptly adjourned

 

Morsy trial abruptly adjourned

November 5th, 2013
02:29 PM ET

The trial of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy was interrupted when defendants began chanting in court on Monday.

The interruption caused an adjournment soon after the beginning of what was expected to be a brief opening hearing, state-run Al Masriya TV said.

The eight defendants in court Monday chanted that the trial was illegitimate, Al Masriya reported. There was no immediate word on how long the adjournment would last.

Al Masriya also said Morsy refused to wear the white uniform that was assigned to him and the other defendants.

CNN's Ian Lee gives this report from Cairo.