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Three members of a leading Egyptian human rights group detained in Cairo last month have been freed following widespread international criticism.

The men, who worked for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, were accused of having links with a terror group and "spreading false news".

The UN's human rights agency had described the arrests as "chilling".

Celebrities Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry and Scarlett Johansson joined politicians in criticising the arrests.

Dozens of activists have been arrested under Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, who led the military's overthrow of his democratically elected predecessor Mohammed Morsi in 2013 following protests against his rule.

Egypt, however, has repeatedly denied accusations of human rights violations.

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) is an independent group whose work covers a variety of political, civil, economic and social issues.

In a statement last month, the group said security forces had arrested its lead member Gasser Abdel-Razek at his home in Maadi, south of Cairo, on 19 November, and taken him to an unknown location.