Tuesday, March 18, 2003
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Some good news in Egypt
Egypt's highest court acquitted Saad Eddin Ibrahim, an Egyptian/American activist, of charges stemming from his human rights work in Egypt. He had been convicted by two lower courts -- this was his last chance before facing seven years in prison. The Guardian has the AP story.
What does this mean? Amnesty International USA's executive director's reaction was as follows:
Freedom House is also happy. Their executive director said:
I hope they're right -- it buttresses my argument about democratization in the Middle East [Not to mention helping millions of Arabs trapped in tyranny--ed. Oh, yeah, that too]
UPDATE: An alert reader points me to evidence that Egypt still has a long way to go in it's path towards liberalization.posted by Dan on 03.18.03 at 02:17 PM