Amnesty International supporters campaign to end the death penalty. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Australia must condemn Egypt after nine Ramadan executions

Amnesty International is deeply concerned by the Egyptian government’s decision to go forward with the execution of nine people, including an 82-year-old man, on 26 April this year.

Amnesty International’s recently released annual report on death sentences and executions for 2020 saw Egypt as the third most frequent executioner internationally (following China and Iran), with over 107 reported executions over the course of the year. The number of recorded executions in Egypt tripled in 2020.

Amnesty International Australia has written to the Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne asking her to join the international community in publicly condemning Egypt’s use of the death penalty.

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Joel MacKay is a campaigner at Amnesty International Australia.