Scarlett Johansson has posted a video on Youtube in which she asks for the release of four members of the Egyptian NGO "eipr" including Patrick Zaki
The American actress Scarlett Johansson has published a video on Youtube in which she asks 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 pre-trial detention on charges of subversive propaganda.
"Making your voice heard in Egypt today is dangerous," the Hollywood star said at the beginning of the video. Scarlett, also citing three other members of the Egyptian NGO for the defense of civil rights 'Eipr', calls for the "immediate release" of the four whose "only crime is having raised themselves for the dignity of Egypt".
"I would like to mention the troubles of four human beings wrongly arrested for their work done fighting for the dignity of others: Gasser, Karim, Mohamed and Zaki of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights" (Eipr), said the American actress referring respectively also to the executive director Gasser Abdel Razek, to the one for criminal justice Karim Ennarah and to the administrative manager Mohamed Basheer arrested between 15 and 19 November (while Patrick has been in prison since February).
"I ask for the immediate release of Gasser, Karim, Mohamed and Zaki", said Johansson, concluding the two-minute and 44-second video by wishing "happy birthday to Karim", who "will go to jail" the anniversary, and saying "you are not alone".
The actress, who appeared in the video in the foreground and without makeup, said among other things that "these men have spent their lives fighting injustice and now find themselves behind bars.
"False" accusations are brought against all of them that can lead to many years in prison "although" their only crime was to defend the dignity of the Egyptians ".
As for Patrick, Johansson claimed that "he was tortured when the police arrested him". Of the director Abdel Razek, the actress stresses that in an interrogation she denounced that he was "denied blankets in an ice cold solitary cell".