A campaign has been launched by the UK-based organisation LabourStart to support the academics from across the globe calling for an independent investigation into the torture and murder of the Italian journalist and researcher, Giulio Regeni, in Egypt. Regeni’s badly beaten body was discovered on a desert road on 3 February over a week after his disappearance in Cairo. He had been researching the rise of independent trade unions under the Sisi regime – a very sensitive subject as far as the Egyptian authorities are concerned.

“People all over the world were shocked and saddened to learn of the torture and murder of Giulio Regeni, a young academic who was in Egypt to research the situation of independent trade unions,” according to the LabourStart campaigns website.

“As Kamal Abbas, an Egyptian labour leader, has written: ‘The announcement of Giulio’’s death came after 10 days of his disappearance. The condition in which the body was found reveals that Giulio was murdered viciously and was subjected to monstrous torture before his death. This caused international outrage.’

“There have been open letters and online campaigns from Giulio’s academic colleagues. We in the trade union movement are also demanding answers from the Egyptian government, and the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for this horrific crime.”

Sign up to the campaign here.