Amal Fathy, who criticised the authorities for failing to tackle sexual harassment was charged with “spreading fake news” in May after posting a video in which she recounted her experiences.
Amal Fathy was arrested in Egypt for posting a video on Facebook condemning inaction around sexual harassment.
We agree with her husband, @mlotfy81.
She should be applauded for her courage – not put on trial. https://t.co/HHM7wg16WH
— Amnesty International (@amnesty) August 21, 2018
She was handed a two-year jail term by a lower court in September, but it was suspended pending an appeal. The appeal ruling came days after she was freed on bail over a separate case ( “belonging to a terrorist group”).
Her husband Mohamed Lotfy, head of the independent Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms, said she could be taken back into detention at “any time”.
Fathy, a 34-year-old mother-of-one, is a former activist in the April 6 youth movement that was at the forefront of the 2011 uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak.
She was arrested in Cairo two days after posting a 12-minute video on Facebook in which she described how she had been sexually harassed twice in one day and condemned the government’s failure to protect women.
She also criticised deteriorating human rights, socio-economic conditions and public services.
Fathy was convicted four months later of “spreading fake news that harms national security”. A judge sentenced her to two years in prison that could be suspended until appeal pending payment of $1,120 (£885) in bail and a $560 fine.