July 11, 2016
The campaign #Their Freedom Is Their Right to defend Arab prisoners of opinion, which is launched on 4 May 2015 by “Maharat” Foundation and the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), and joined by the Arab Group members of IFEX International Network, has declared the Egyptian human rights defender Malek Adly the campaign’s prisoner of July 2016.
Malek Adly, or “Abo Bahyia” as his friends like to call him, is a young lawyer and human rights activist. He provided legal support for several political activists and demonstrators, as well as a number of professional unions and labor leaders, and the families of January 25 Revolution martyrs and wounded, in addition to those who were arrested in different incidents related to the revolution, as well as victims of military trials for civilians and torture victims.
On 5 May 2016, an arrest warrant was issued against Malek after he called upon Egyptian citizens to register powers of attorney to him to file a lawsuit against the delimitation agreement of maritime borders between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, upon which Egyptian sovereignty over its two islands “Tiran and Sinafir” is handed over to Saudi Arabia. As a result, the Public Prosecution issued an arrest warrant against him for allegedly “propagating false news”. THereafter, Malek was arrested by individuals dressed in plain clothes. He was beaten, threatened with a firearm and detained inside an unplated private vehicle with tinted windows. He was held incommunicado at an unknown place where he was interrogated about the lawsuit he filed with respect to “Tiran and Sinafir” islands.
August 14, 2016
Last week’s suicide blast in a government hospital in Quetta, killing over 73 persons and injuring over 110, was the deadliest attack against the lawyer community of the country, wiping out almost a generation of lawyers including many of their leaders in Balochistan.
This is not the first time the terrorists have deceived the law enforcement and security agencies in a very coordinated action, inflicting heavy human loss and injuring hundreds. It has happened at least five times in Balochistan that they have set a booby-trap, drawn more and more people and then conducted a suicide explosion. Yet, the law enforcing and security agencies do not seem to have learned any lesson or taken any fool-proof measures to save the lives of innocent citizens as well as their own personnel.
In the latest incident on August 8, President Balochistan Bar Association Bilal Anwar Kasi was gunned down, rushed to the hospital for medical aid where he was pronounced dead. When lawyers along with their leadership gathered in front of the emergency ward of Sandeman Provincial Hospital to collect the body of their slain colleague, a suicide bomber came and blew himself up.
Although government hospitals as public places cannot be made guarded compounds, both civil and military administration need to turn them into secure enough places in the face of fear of being attacked.
“The government has left the citizens and lawyers at the mercy of terrorists. If proper security arrangements had been made, the suicide bomber would have found it difficult to penetrate into the security circle to hit them,” says lawyer Sanaullah, who remained unhurt on that fateful day.
August 14, 2016
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A message from the new International Observatory of Lawyers in Danger: “L’Observatoire International des Avocats en Danger (OIAD) s’engage en faveur de l’avocat égyptien Malek Adly, emprisonné depuis le mois de mai. L’OIAD a été fondé par le Conseil National des Barreaux français, le Barreau de Paris, le Conseil National Italien et le Conseil National Espagnol” (The International Observatory of Lawyers in Danger (OIAD) supports the Egyptian lawyer Malek Adly, who has been imprisoned since May. The OIAD was created by the French National Council of Bar Asociations, the National Italian Bar and the Spanish National Bar)
August 13, 2016
A much-awaited decision challenging the composition of the court in the Tiran and Sanafir case was adjourned on Saturday to August 27.
The High Administrative Court ruled in June to invalidate a border deal between the Egyptian government and Saudi Arabia concerning the Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir, which was later appealed by the Egyptian state.
Lawyer Mohamed Adel Soliman from the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights challenged the court’s composition.
Soliman said on Saturday that the court did not address any of his concerns, including a request to present alleged evidence that the judge on the case, Fawzy Abdel Rady, is working as an advisor to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, constituting a conflict of interest.
Over 1,000 people were arrested between April 15 and 27 in connection with protests against the transfer of the islands, The Front to Defend Egyptian Protesters reported.
Lawyers Malek Adly and Haitham Mohamadien, journalists Mahmoud al-Sakka and Amr Badr, as well as activist Zizo Abdo are all in prison pending investigations into accusations of spreading false news and inciting protests against the transfer deal.