Egypt has released three staff members of a leading human rights organisation, who had been arrested the three on charges of “joining a terror group” and “spreading false news” after a public meeting with foreign ambassadors on November 3 to discuss human rights in the country, following a concerted international campaign to free them. Al Jazeera reports that it was not immediately clear if the release of the three rights activists meant charges against them had been dropped as prosecutors often free activists on bail but keep charges hanging over their heads in a country where rights groups estimate about 60,000 political prisoners, including secular activists, journalists, lawyers, and academics have been arrested in the ongoing crackdown on dissent under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.