In this June 14, 2014 file photo, Egyptian women hold banners during a protest against sexual harassment in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
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Accusations of sexual misconduct directed at two prominent human rights lawyers in Egypt – one of them a former presidential hopeful – have roiled the Arab country's beleaguered civil society, which is already under unrelenting pressure from authorities. The allegations, directed at former presidential hopeful Khaled Ali and another lawyer, were made in a private email sent by a woman in October that has since been widely shared on social media. Ali responded to the accusations leveled against himself in a Facebook post on Feb. 19, calling them "extremely shocking and surprising".Ali resigned from his leadership of the party, as well as the rights group he founded.Ali declared his intention to run for president in November but quit in January, citing intimidation by authorities.The panel released a summary of its findings after Ali abandoned his run for president.Critics within the rights community say none of that excuses the response to the allegations against Ali.
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