Egyptian Bloggers Lead Human Rights Fight

In a nation of eighty million which contains about forty million illiterate people, highly educated individuals who have access to the computers and the Internet increasingly are becoming voices protesting human rights abuses. Blogger Karim el-Behein described his imprisonment and torture in a jail because he supported worker efforts at a textile mill to obtain higher wages and improved working conditions. He said those detained for protesting “were subjected to electric shocks, to beatings, and there was no food or drink for the first few day. We went through weeks of torture and humiliation.”

An official at the Interior Ministry admitted they had been sent to prison for “inciting unrest, damage to property and demonstrating” but were not tortured or abused. Beheiri and his friends were fired from their jobs which is common in “democratic Egypt.” Within hours of being released, Bheiri went back to his blog to report what had happened. Many Egyptian bloggers rarely conceal their real names and have taken up the task of fighting for the rights of workers in their nation. In a country which offers limited access to voices of opposition in the media, the bloggers remain the front line in the fight for human rights in Egypt.

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