Egypt has dealt with political unrest since the Egyptian Revolution [JURIST backgrounder] began in 2011 and anti-government protesters and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood continue to fight the military backed government for political control of the country. Last month, three courts in Egypt sentenced 113 Muslim Brotherhood supporters [JURIST report] on charges of rioting, thuggery and possession weapons. That same month, the Muslim Brotherhood filed a complaint [JURIST report] in the International Criminal Court [official website] alleging widespread and systematic crimes against humanity since the July coup [JURIST report] that ousted President Morsi from power. In December, 139 Morsi supporters were sentenced [JURIST report] to two year prison terms on a verity of charges including rioting and sabotage. That same month, Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] urged [JURIST report] the Egyptian government to reconsider its decision to label the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.
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