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Obama, Patti Smith among PEN America honorees

Dec. 8, 2020 9:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Artists, activists and a former president gathered online for PEN America's annual gala, held virtually this year because of the pandemic. Those honored by the literary and human rights organization included the Chinese organizer and dissident Xu Zhiyong; Darnella Frazier, the teenager who...

FILE - In this 2018 file photo taken in London, Karim Ennarah and his now-wife Jess Kelly pose for a photo after graduating from the School of Oriental and African Studies. On Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, an Egyptian court upheld a prosecutor's decision to temporarily freeze the assets of three members of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, including its executive director Gasser Abdel-Razek, criminal justice director Ennarah and administrative director Mohammed Basheer. The three were arrested last month after the EIPR hosted foreign diplomats for 13 Western countries to discuss the human rights situation in Egypt. They were freed Thursday, Dec. 3. (Courtesy of Jess Kelly via AP, File)

Egypt court upholds asset freeze for 3 human rights workers

Dec. 6, 2020 1:41 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Sunday upheld a prosecutors’ decision to freeze the assets of three senior staff members at one of the country’s most prominent human rights groups. The three rights workers were freed Thursday after being arrested last month and slapped with...

In this 2018 photo taken in London shows Karim Ennarah and his now-wife Jess Kelly posing for a photograph after they graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies.  The acting director of a prominent Egyptian rights group says its three staffers, Ennara, Executive director Gasser Abdel-Razek and Mohammed Bashir, who were arrested last month have been freed on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.  They were arrested in November after EIPR hosted foreign diplomats to discuss the human rights situation in Egypt. They were charged with terrorism and spreading false information. (Courtesy of Jess Kelly via AP)

Rights group says Egypt has freed 3 of its arrested staffers

Dec. 3, 2020 3:53 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Three Egyptian rights workers who were arrested and slapped with terrorism-related charges last month were freed on Thursday after an outcry over the government’s crackdown on one of the last rights groups still operating in the country. The government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi...