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Egypt: Detention of rights lawyer Haytham Mohamadeen renewed for 15 days

June 27, 2018

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#بيان_صحفي | أطلقوا سراح المحامي الحقوقي هيثم محمدين الذي يمثل أمام نيابة أمن الدولة يوم 27 يونيو 2018

المفوضية المصرية للحقوق والحريات
25 يونيو 2018

طالبت اليوم المفوضية المصرية للحقوق والحريات باطلاق سراح المحامي الحقوقي هيثم محمدين، المتخصص في مناصرة قضايا العمال، والذي يمثل أمام نيابة أمن الدولة يوم 27 يونيو 2018 بعد أن تم تجديد حبسه احتياطيا آخر مرة في 13 يونيو لمدة 15 يوما. كان هيثم قد ألقي القبض عليه من منزله بالجيزة في 17 مايو 2018، ولم يستدل على مكان احتجازه بقسم الصف سوى يوم 19 مايو حيث عرض على نيابة أمن الدولة بالتجمع الخامس التي أمرت بحبسه احتياطيا منذ ذلك الحين.
يواجه هيثم محمدين في القضية رقم 718 لسنة 2018 حصر أمن الدولة العليا، المعروفة بقضية المترو، الاتهام بالاشتراك مع “جماعة إرهابية” مع العلم بأغراضها والتحريض علي التظاهر لتعطيل المواصلات العامة والإضرار بمصلحة المواطنين، واستخدام موقع المعلومات الدولية للتحريض على “أعمال إرهابية”. وذلك على خلفية الاعتراض على زيادة أسعار تذاكر المترو مؤخرا.
يذكر أنه قد ألقي القبض على 22 من النشطاء والمتظاهرين من بينهم 6 سيدات إثر وقفات احتجاجية في مناطق مختلفة بالقاهرة في 16 مايو 2018 تعبيرا عن استيائهم من إقرار الحكومة لزيادة أسعار تذاكر مترو الأنفاق. وتم اتهامهم في القضية 718 لسنة 2018 حصر أمن الدولة العليا بنفس الاتهامات السابق ذكرها ويتم تجديد حبسهم منذ ذلك الحين، وهم: حاتم محمد بسطاوي، بسمة علي، يوسف أحمد، علي مصطفى، أسماء عبد الحميد، عبير هشام الصفتي، شاهنده أحمد، عادل محمد، محمد سمير، محمود عبد الغني، فريدة عاطف، كريم حسين، ربيع محمد، أحمد عبد الرحمن، فرغلي محمد، أدهم سعيد، فوزي سعد صالح، مجد أيمن، نفيسه عبد الوهاب، أشرف صلاح، محمد خليل ومصطفى محمد رزق.
كانت الحكومة المصرية قد قررت رفع أسعار تذاكر مترو الأنفاق في مايو الماضي من اثنين جنيه للتذكرة إلى 3 أو 5 أو 7 جنيهات على حسب عدد المحطات. وقد قام العديد من المواطنين باستخدام حقهم في حرية الرأي والتعبير للتعبير عن استيائهم من تلك الزيادة، وكان رد الأجهزة الأمنية بإضافة هؤلاء النشطاء إلى سلسلة معتقلي الرأي في مصر وتلفيق قضية لهم استنادا إلى قوانين الإرهاب والتظاهر.
وتطالب المفوضية المصرية للحقوق والحريات بالإفراج الفوري عن هيثم محمدين وجميع المحبوسين على ذمة تلك القضية وجميع قضايا الرأي وإسقاط كافة التهم عنهم، واحترام الحق في حرية الرأي والتعبير المنصوص عليها في الدستور والقانون. كما تنادي المفوضية
المصرية للحقوق والحريات بتكثيف حملات التضامن مع هيثم محمدين وجميع المقبوض عليهم على ذمة مثل هذه القضايا الملفقة.

(المفوضية المصرية للحقوق والحريات Facebook 25/6/18)

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/detention-and-prosecution-haytham-mohamadeen (ENGLISH)

https://www.madamasr.com/en/2018/06/28/opinion/u/prisoners-of-our-guilty-consciences/ (ENGLISH)

http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/76709 (ENGLISH)

https://www.am.com.mx/2018/06/21/opinion/trump-a-los-dictadores-tengan-un-buen-dia-485705 (ESPANOL)

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Egypt: Rights lawyer Haytham Mohamadeen’s 15 day detention reviewed June 13th

(June 13, 2018

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#هيثم_محمدين
صوته مش بيخاف ولا هيبطل هتاف

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https://www.madamasr.com/en/2018/05/18/news/politics/labor-lawyer-haytham-mohamadeen-arrested-from-his-house/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/02/egypt-abdel-fatah-al-sisi-sworn-in-second-term-amid-crackdown-on-dissent

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2018/05/31/egypte-vague-darrestations-dactivistes (FRANCAIS)

https://autonomiedeclasse.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/lactiviste-egyptien-haytham-mohamadeen-arrete-par-les-forces-de-securite-egyptiennes/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.cib-avocats.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/4_A.EGY.pdf (FRANCAIS)

https://www.agenzianova.com/a/5b0ff5b9bdd987.29098866/1943981/2018-05-31/egitto-human-rights-watch-denuncia-arresto-attivisti-e-chiede-liberazione-di-amal-fathy (ITALIANO)

https://www.ndr.de/info/sendungen/echo_der_welt/Unterdrueckt-und-verhaftet-Zur-Menschenrechtslage-in-Aegypten,aegypten476.html (DEUTSCH)

#الحرية_لهيثم_محمدين
#الحرية_لمعتقلي_المترو

 

Egypt: Solidarity with Egyptian Human Rights Defenders and Civil Society

June 6, 2018

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, express solidarity with the bloggers, journalists, human rights defenders, and other civil society members in Egypt who have been arrested with unprecedented frequency in recent weeks. The current escalation is the latest installment in the government’s sustained crackdown on civil society, which initially intensified with the 2011 NGO trial, or Case 173, that was reopened in March 2016. We are gravely concerned by this escalation and fear it may mark the beginning of a trend that could continue throughout President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi’s second term.

Despite having no involvement with terrorism or militant activities, many of those arrested have been detained on charges of belonging to terror groups in accordance with the Counter-terrorism Law. Misapplication of this law and others being used to legitimate this crackdown does little to address Egypt’s real security challenges. Rather, it erodes citizens’ willingness to cooperate with and support the government’s efforts to address Egypt’s terror threat.

The arrests have targeted individuals such as former Sisi campaigner Dr. Hazem Abdel Azim, accused of belonging to an outlawed group and disseminating fake news. Prominent blogger and rights activist Wael Abbas was also arrested last week, and his detention was ordered by the State Security Prosecution. Abbas joins activist Amal Fathy, satirical blogger Shady Abu Zeid, activist Shady al-Ghazaly Harb, and labor lawyer Haytham Mohamadeen, among many others. This period follows the government’s repression of media, with several journalists being arrested in the wake of the presidential election. Authorities have also targeted civil society actors with court cases; researcher and writer Ismail Iskanderani received a 10-year prison sentence in military court last month after spending over two years in pretrial detention. This week Abdel Azim, Abu Zeid, and Abbas had their detentions extended by an additional fifteen days.

https://timep.org/press-releases/solidarity-with-egyptian-human-rights-defenders-and-civil-society/

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/13330/egypt-l4l-free-haytham-mohamadeen/

http://www.transafricaradio.net/index.php/2018/06/05/egypt-activists-arrested-in-dawn-raids/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-politics/egypt-arrests-leave-few-vocal-critics-of-sisi-idUSKCN1J42AC

https://www.icj.org/egypt-repeal-or-amend-emergency-measures/

https://www.la-croix.com/Monde/Moyen-Orient/En-Egypte-pouvoir-sacharne-encore-toujours-effacer-fantome-revolution-2018-06-05-1200944581 (FRANCAIS)

Egypt: Mohamed Lofty: «La répression atteint un niveau inimaginable en Egypte»

le 31 mai, 2018

Amal Fathy et son époux Mohamed Lotfy. 

Alors que le président égyptien Abdel Fattah al-Sissi doit prêter serment samedi devant le Parlement, la répression à l’encontre des voix discordantes franchit un seuil jamais atteint, dénonce le défenseur des droits humains helvético-égyptien Mohamed Lotfy. Son épouse, Amal Fathy, a été emprisonnée dans le but de l’intimider. Entretien.  

L’élection triomphale du président égyptien n’a pas engendré la moindre détente sur le plan politique. La répression se poursuit. Et ce bien au-delà de la mouvance islamiste des Frères musulmans. Une tendance dénoncée tant par l’Union européenne que par Amnesty InternationalLien externe et l’Organisation mondiale contre la torture (OMCTLien externe), basée à Genève.

Des ONG qui appellent également à la libération d’Amal Fathy, accusée d’inciter au renversement du régime pour avoir posté sur Facebook une vidéo excédée sur le harcèlement sexuel dont elle se dit victime et arrêtée le 11 mai dernier. Pour son époux qui est directeur de la Coalition égyptienne pour les droits et les libertés (ECRFLien externe), le gouvernement cherche ainsi à étouffer encore plus l’expression de toute forme de critique sur les réseaux sociaux, tout en faisant pression sur lui-même et son ONG. Genevois, Suisse et Egyptien, Mohamed Lofty témoigne de cette affaire suivie par le ministère suisse des affaires étrangères (DFAELien externe), comme ce dernier l’a précisé à swissinfo.ch.

https://www.swissinfo.ch/fre/droits-humains-bafou%C3%A9s_mohamed-lofty—la-r%C3%A9pression-atteint-un-niveau-inimaginable-en-egypte-/44157460

https://www.thedailybeast.com/sexually-harassedand-arrestedin-egypt-the-cruel-fate-of-amal-fathy (ENGLISH)

https://www.amnesty.ie/egypt-human-rights-defender-amal-fathy-detained-talking-sexual-harassment/ (ENGLISH)

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=23174&LangID=E (ENGLISH)

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/egypts-opposition-assailants-trashed-party-55684065 (ENGLISH)

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/06/egypt-sisi-arrest-campaign-rights-activists-opposition.html (ENGLISH)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-politics/egypt-arrests-leave-few-vocal-critics-of-sisi-idUSKCN1J42AC?il=0 (ENGLISH)

http://www.ilpescara.it/eventi/pescara-muzii-anmesty-international-amal-fathy.html (ITALIANO)

http://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20180531/443962098411/hrw-critica-la-oleada-de-detenciones-de-activistas-en-egipto.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.mo.be/nieuws/egypte-president-al-sisi-zet-repressieve-lijn-door-met-nieuwe-golf-arrestaties (FLAAMS)

https://www.thenewslens.com/feature/timefortune/96753 (CHINESE)

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Egypt/UK/Greece: Trade unionists in UK and Greece back campaign in solidarity with Haitham Mohamedain

June 2, 2018

Dozens of high profile trade unionists from the UK and Greece are among the latest to back the campaign in solidarity with arrested labour lawyer Haitham Mohamedain who was seized by the Egyptian security forces on 18 May in a series of arrests targeting critics of the Sisi regime. His detention was recently renewed for another 15 days. Middle East Solidarity stalls at the annual congresses of the PCS civil servants union and the university and college workers’ UCU union distributed campaign postcards and gathered signatures for the petition demanding Haitham’s release.

Backers for the campaign in PCS include:

Meanwhile signatures have also flooded in from Greece, with leading figures from unions representing health workers, transport workers, civil servants, local government workers, media workers, metalworkers and teachers adding their support. Signatories from Greece include:

Trade unionists in UK and Greece back campaign in solidarity with Haitham Mohamedain

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/02/egypt-abdel-fatah-al-sisi-sworn-in-second-term-amid-crackdown-on-dissent

https://acenewsservices.wordpress.com/2018/06/02/cairo-egypt-freespeech-curtailed-daily-as-saturday-president-al-sisi-the-dictator-general-is-sworn-in-for-a-second-term-with-military-pomp-amid-crackdown/

http://internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article5538

https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/9510/Free-Haitham-Mohamedain-stop-the-repression-in-Egypt?list=6216

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=23174&LangID=E

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/13330/egypt-l4l-free-haytham-mohamadeen/

https://www.change.org/p/prosecutor-general-arab-republic-of-egypt-freedom-for-haitham-mohamedain-stop-the-repression-in-egypt (SIGN THE PETITION!)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haitham_Mohamedain

http://osterreich.site/2018/06/02/aegyptens-sisi-wird-vereidigt-fuer-eine-zweite-amtszeit-inmitten-der-niederschlagung-auf-dissens/ (DEUTSCH)

http://linkswende.org/freiheit-fuer-haitham-mohamedain-stoppt-die-repression-in-aegypten/ (DEUTSCH)

#FreeHaytham

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Egypt/HRW/EU: Activists Arrested in Dawn Raids

May 31, 2018

Wael Abbas (top left), Haitham Mohamadeen (top right), Shady Abu Zaid (bottom left), and Amal Fathy (bottom right), were all arrested this month for charges such as joining “a banned group” or “terrorist organization” and spreading “false news.” © 2018 Pr

Egyptian police and National Security forces have carried out a wave of arrests of critics of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in dawn raids since early May 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. The charges against them appear to be solely based on their social media posts and peaceful activism. Security briefly held several of the detainees incommunicado.

Those arrested include Hazem Abd al-Azim, a political activist, on May 27, and well-known journalist and rights defender Wael Abbas on May 23. Security forces blindfolded him and kept him for almost 36 hours in an unknown location before taking him before prosecutors. Others include Shady al-Ghazaly Harb and Haitham Mohamadeen, both lawyers; Amal Fathy, an activist; and Shady Abu Zaid, a satirist.

“The state of oppression in Egypt has sunk so low that al-Sisi’s forces are arresting well-recognized activists as they sleep, simply for speaking up,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The message is clear that criticism and even mild satire apparently earn Egyptians an immediate trip to prison.”

A state security prosecutor ordered lawyer Mohamadeen, a workers’ rights defender, detained for 15 days on charges of “joining a terrorist organization” and “inciting protests,” in the same case for which authorities interrogated al-Ghazaly Harb. National security forces initially detainedMohamadeen on May 18 and held him incommunicado for two days.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/31/egypt-activists-arrested-dawn-raids

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/50143/Prosecution-opens-probe-into-Shadi-al-Ghazali-s-case

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/trump-doctrine-and-sisi-callous-contempt-human-rights-874365730

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180530-egypt-arrests-phd-student-researching-judicial-system/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/02/egypt-abdel-fatah-al-sisi-sworn-in-second-term-amid-crackdown-on-dissent

https://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1770&ea.campaign.id=94199&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=FBpostAzzaSoliman (SIGN THE PETITION!)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2018/05/30/97001-20180530FILWWW00331-l-ue-denonce-les-arrestations-d-opposants-en-egypte.php (FRANCAIS)

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2018/05/31/egypte-vague-darrestations-dactivistes (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20180531/443962098411/hrw-critica-la-oleada-de-detenciones-de-activistas-en-egipto.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.agenzianova.com/a/5b0ff40e22c452.39997198/1943981/2018-05-31/egitto-human-rights-watch-denuncia-arresto-attivisti-e-chiede-liberazione-di-amal-fathy (ITALIANO)

https://www.agenzianova.com/a/5b0ff40e22c452.39997198/1943981/2018-05-31/egitto-human-rights-watch-denuncia-arresto-attivisti-e-chiede-liberazione-di-amal-fathy (ITALIANO)

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Egypt: Labour lawyer Haytham Mohamadeen detained for 15 more days

May 30, 2018

https://www.madamasr.com/en/2018/05/18/news/politics/labor-lawyer-haytham-mohamadeen-arrested-from-his-house/

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/05/wael-abbas-and-other-egyptian-activists-arrested-in-government-crackdown.html?via=gdpr-consent

https://www.madamasr.com/en/2018/05/28/news/u/court-adds-241-people-to-egypts-terrorist-list/

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180530-egypt-arrests-phd-student-researching-judicial-system/

http://www.bento.de/politik/aegypten-verhaftet-wael-abbas-deutschland-exportiert-weiter-waffen-2426481/ (DEUTSCH)

http://chinese.aljazeera.net/print/b63d4bc0-5777-43bf-9907-e36f9b930329/5b8ab96c-357d-4303-b4b8-4865cb47e5f9 (CHINESE)

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