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Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson has posted a video on Youtube calling for the "immediate release" of four members of the Egyptian NGO for the defense of civil rights "Eipr" including Patrick Zaki, the Egyptian student of the University of Bologna in custody precautionary with the accusation of subversive propaganda.


"Making one's voice heard in Egypt today is dangerous - said the Hollywood star at the beginning of the video, visibly moved and without a trace of makeup - I would like to mention what is happening to four human beings mistakenly arrested for their work accomplished by fighting. for the dignity of others: Gasser, Karim, Mohamed and Zaki of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights ”.


The American actress, also referring respectively to the executive director Gasser Abdel Razek, to the criminal justice director Karim Ennarah and to the administrative manager Mohamed Basheer arrested between 15 and 19 November (while Patrick has been in prison since February), asked " the immediate release "of the four. To all, she reiterated, "false accusations are made that can lead to many years in prison" although "their only crime was to defend the dignity of the Egyptians".


Johansson praised “the courage of these men who continue their work to defend civil rights at such a high personal cost” and explained that “a truly democratic government would celebrate these men, not imprison them. They are the best of us ".


"The work of the EIPR - concluded Scarlett - is a shining light for democracy and freedom, not only in Egypt and the Middle East, but for people all over the world. And happy birthday Karim; you are not alone".

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