Egypt Watch

Civil Democratic Movement calls on the Egyptian government to release dissidents

On Friday, the Civil Democratic Movement called on the Egyptian government to quickly fulfil the opposition parties’ demands. In a statement, the movement urged the government to quickly release prisoners of conscience and peaceful dissidents and help those released to obtain compensation for the violations they were subjected to.

The movement also called on the government to stop persecuting dissidents and unblock opposition news websites. It pledged that it would not stop seeking peaceful democratic methods and means to achieve the deserved demands of the Egyptian people.

Former presidential candidate and founder member of the Civil Democratic Movement Hamdeen Sabahi has said that the movement will not engage in dialogue with the government unless the authorities release political prisoners.

The movement called on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to release 1,074 political prisoners, and 950 of them have already been released. “The movement announced a set of necessary guarantees for the success of the dialogue, including the release of prisoners of conscience,” said one of the movement’s leading members, Samir Alish, in October. “The movement will not back down from these demands, and if the authorities do not positively respond to them, it will not participate in the dialogue.” He added that if large numbers of prisoners of conscience are released, the movement will undoubtedly participate actively and positively. Sabahi said that the movement seeks to have the country free of prisoners of conscience.