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The University of Amsterdam (UvA) would like to voice its great concern about one of its alumni, Rami Sidky, who obtained his Master's degree in International Relations in 2015. In May of last year, he was arrested in Egypt and has been held without trial in Torah prison in Cairo since then.

Sidky is a musician and is accused of singing a song criticising the Egyptian president – a song he did not write, produce or perform. 'According to Amnesty International, Rami's health is poor. He has to sleep on the bare floor, without a blanket, together with numerous other prisoners in a cramped cell', says Agneta Fischer, dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University. 'What's more, we strongly suspect that he has been tortured. This is a horrendous situation that we can only hope will be resolved quickly. Our thoughts are with Rami, his family and friends.'