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Egypt: Freedom for Haitham Mohamedain: speaking up for social justice is not a crime

May 22, 2018

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Trade unionists, MPs, writers and academics have launched a protest statement calling for the immediate release of Egyptian labour lawyer Haitham Mohamedain who was seized by the security forces from his home on 18 May. Haitham appeared in court the following day and was remanded in custody for 15 days to face interrogation on charges of “inciting protests over the price of Metro tickets”. His detention follows a wave of arrests in the wake of demonstrations against the sharp rise in fares on Cairo’s underground railways.

Speaking out for social justice is not crime. Add your name to the petition demanding Haitham’s immediate release and an end to repression in Egypt.

Sign the petition online here

Statement text: Freedom for Haitham Mohamedain – Stop the repression in Egypt

Early on Friday 18 May, Egyptian security forces stormed the house of labour lawyer and socialist activist Haitham Mohamedain, taking him away to an unknown destination. Haitham is a well-known defender of workers’ rights, and has worked tirelessly to support independent trade unionists facing state persecution for demanding better working conditions and the right to organise and strike. In addition, as Amnesty International notes, he “has been persecuted by the Egyptian authorities for his human rights work”, playing a crucial role in defending the El Nadeem Centre – which supports victims of torture and violence – from harassment and persecution by the authorities.

On Saturday 19 May, Haitham appeared in court and was remanded in custody for 15 days. According to reports from human rights activists in Egypt, he is being interrogated in relation to “incitement to protest over the price of Metro tickets.”

Freedom for Haitham Mohamedain: speaking up for social justice is not a crime

https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Report-Egypt-detains-socialist-activist-557879

http://www.icab.cat/files/242-499140-DOCUMENTO/Rapport%20JAD%20Egypte%202018.pdf

http://www.idhae.org/OBSAV-fr-wewsegy1870519.htm (FRANCAIS)

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Egypt: Egypt detains socialist activist, lawyers say

May 20, 2018

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Egypt’s state security prosecutor on Saturday ordered a prominent activist detained for 15 days for investigation on charges of involvement with a banned group and inciting and taking part in illegal protests, rights lawyers said.

Haitham Mohamedeen, a leftist lawyer, was taken from his home on Friday, security sources said, the latest in a number of arrests of activists in recent weeks.

At least 20 people have been detained by security forces over protests against a rise in metro fares, and they are being investigated on charges that include disturbing the peace and obstructing public facilities.

Mokhtar Mounir and Mohamed Hanafi, two rights lawyers representing Mohamedeen, told Reuters he was under investigation for “participating in the activities of a banned group while knowing its objectives” and “using the internet to incite terrorist acts,” charges he denies. The prosecutor did not identify the banned group, Hanafi said.

A judicial source confirmed Mohamadeen’s detention but gave no further comment.

Mohamedeen had been detained at least twice in the past, once in 2013 on accusations of belonging to a secret organization and spreading lies about the military, and again in 2016 for calling for protests against the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

 His detention follows those of other prominent activists.

 

http://www.fijitimes.com/egypt-detains-socialist-activist-lawyers-say/

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

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-arrests-socialist-activist-terror-charges-2013158471

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-rights/egypt-detains-socialist-activist-lawyers-say-idUSKCN1IK0TZ

https://www.dotemirates.com/en/details/1298476461?from=dot

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2018/5/19/egypt-authorities-arrest-prominent-socialist-activist

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/egypt-detains-socialist-activist-over-illegal-protests-lawyers-say-1.731941

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egypt-says-prominent-socialist-activist-arrested/2018/05/19/51adfd0a-5b5e-11e8-9889-07bcc1327f4b_story.html?utm_term=.95b9041e6425

http://www.idhae.org/OBSAV-fr-wewsegy1870519.htm (FRANCAIS)

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Haytham Mohammadeen in custody for 15 days in «Objection to metro tickets»

On Saturday (May 19th), the Supreme State Security Prosecution decided to imprison political activist Haitham Fawzi Mohammadin, a lawyer and member of the Revolutionary Socialist Movement, in the investigation of case 718 of 2018.

In the early hours of Friday, May 18, security forces in Giza arrested Haitham Mohammadin from his family’s home in Al-Saf center in Giza and took him to an unknown destination.

(Egyptian Coordination for rights and freedoms Facebook, 20/05/18)

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Egypt/Italy: L’avvocato dei Regeni al Cairo: “Sono in pericolo, devo nascondermi”

18/05/18

Alessandra Ballerini, avvocata italiana della famiglia, ha diffuso le parole di Ahmad Abdallah, uno dei consulenti dei Regeni al Cairo, costretto a nascondersi per proteggersi dai servizi segreti egiziani

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La ricerca della verità nell’omicidio di Giulio Regeni si riempie di ulteriori ostacoli.

Dopo l’arresto di Amal Fathy, l’attivista sostenitrice della famiglia Regeni al Cairo e moglie di Mohamed Lotfy, responsabile della Commissione egiziana per i diritti e le libertà (ECRF), nonché (e soprattutto) consulente legale dei Regeni in Egitto, avvenuto l’11 maggio, la preoccupazione dei legali – italiani ed egiziani della famiglia Regeni si fa sempre più alta.

Alessandra Ballerini, l’avvocata italiana della famiglia, ha infatti diffuso le parole di Ahmad Abdallah, uno dei consulenti dei Regeni al Cairo, che fa sapere come in questo momento la tensione sia altissima, così come il rischio di ulteriori arresti intimidatori.

Riportiamo le parole dell’avvocata:

“Riceviamo dal nostro consulente Ahmad Abdallah, che noi chiamiamo affettuosamente Abdallah “il buono”, un messaggio inquietante e commovente.

Noi, Paola, Claudio ed Alessandra,
siamo molto in apprensione per la sorte dei nostri difensori al Cairo, tutti loro stanno pagando un prezzo altissimo in termini di libertà e sicurezza a causa della loro eroica ed irriducibile battaglia legale nel cercare e pretendere al nostro fianco verità per Giulio. Sappiamo che le ambasciate dei paesi della Ue e quella italiana in particolare stanno prodigandosi per “mettere in sicurezza” i nostri consulenti dell’Ecrf, ma, come leggerete nel messaggio di Abdallah, la situazione è molto, molto pericolosa.

https://www.tpi.it/2018/05/18/giulio-regeni-omicidio-avvocato-rischio-arresto/

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/release-ahmed-abdallah (ENGLISH)

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Ahmad Abdallah, Premio Index on Censorship Award 2018 per la Libertà di Espressione.

Egypt: Labor lawyer Haytham Mohamadeen arrested from his house

May 18, 2018

Police forces arrested labor lawyer and member of the Revolutionary Socialistsmovement Haytham Mohamadeen late Thursday night, the latest in a recent string of activist arrests.

According to lawyer Mohamed Abdel Aziz, national security and police personnel stormed Mohamadeen’s house before arresting him.

Mohamadeen, a vocal activist who has been active in labor causes since the early 2000s, was among a group of activists arrested in April 2016 following calls to protest the maritime border agreement through which Egypt ceded sovereignty of the Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia. He was imprisoned until October over charges of inciting protests. He was released pending investigations.

On Wednesday, the prosecution renewed the detention of satirist Shady Abou Zeid for 15 days over charges of joining an outlawed group and spreading false news. Abou Zeid, who posts satirical videos on social media, including footage of interviews with citizens on the street, was also arrested from his home.

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

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

Labour laywer Haitham Mohamedein arrested by Egyptian security forces

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/05/labour-rights-lawyer-haytham-mohamdeen-arrested-and-held-incommunicado/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-rights/egyptian-authorities-arrest-socialist-activist-sources-idUSKCN1IJ1I8

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/46602/Egyptian+activist+Haitham+Mohamadein+seized+by+security+forces

https://www.yahoo.com/news/egypt-says-prominent-socialist-activist-arrested-121324020.html

https://www.madamasr.com/ar/2018/05/18/news/u/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AD%D9%85%D9%84%D8%A9-%D8%B6%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%86%D8%B4%D8%B7%D8%A7%D8%A1-%D8%AA%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%85%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A3%D9%85%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%88%D8%B7%D9%86%D9%8A-%D9%8A/ (ARABIC)

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/politics/2018/5/18/%D9%87%D9%8A%D8%AB%D9%85-%D9%85%D8%AD%D9%85%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%86-%D9%85%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%84-%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%B9-%D8%B9%D9%86-%D9%85%D9%82%D9%87%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%8A-%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%B1 (ARABIC)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2018/05/18/97001-20180518FILWWW00177-egypte-1-militant-des-droits-de-l-homme-arrete.php (FRANCAIS)

https://www.boursorama.com/bourse/actualites/un-militant-des-droits-de-l-homme-arrete-en-egypte-ebb64e3bca82186ada858f7e7a41bfb3 (FRANCAIS)

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Egypt: Lawyer Ahmad Abdallah at risk

May 17, 2018

(Mohamed Sameh and Ahmed Abdallah of ECRF with the 2018 Freedom of Expression Award for Campaigning.)

Riceviamo dal nostro consulente Ahmad Abdallah, che noi chiamiamo affettuosamente Abdallah “il buono”, un messaggio inquietante e commuovente.
Noi, Paola, Claudio ed Alessandra,
siamo molto in apprensione per la sorte dei nostri difensori al Cairo, tutti loro stanno pagando un prezzo altissimo in termini di libertà e sicurezza a causa della loro eroica ed irriducibile battaglia legale nel cercare e pretendere al nostro fianco verità per Giulio. Sappiamo che le ambasciate dei paesi della Ue e quella italiana in particolare stanno prodigandosi per “mettere in sicurezza” i nostri consulenti dell’Ecrf, ma, come leggerete nel messaggio di Abdallah, la situazione è molto, molto pericolosa. Abdallah rischia in ogni momento di essere nuovamente catturato e così messo a tacere dalle forze di polizia egiziane. Vi chiediamo, ancora una volta, di stare dalla nostra parte e di diffondere questo testo perché nessuno debba più pagare per aver preteso e per pretendere Verità per Giulio. Noi siamo la loro speranza. Paola Deffendi Claudio Regeni Alessandra Ballerini

“LA STRADA PER LA VERITA’
“Non hai bisogno di vedere l’intera scala. Inizia semplicemente a salire il primo scalino” – Martin Luther King –

Circa due anni e mezzo fa, abbiamo iniziato il percorso per arrivare alla verità su quanto accaduto realmente a Giulio Regeni, due anni pieni di speranza e dolore.

In questi due anni molti fatti sono stati chiariti, mentre molte domande sono rimaste senza risposta.

In questi due anni e mezzo sono stato arrestato una volta, nell’aprile 2016 dallo stesso poliziotto che stava seguendo Giulio, sono rimasto in carcere per quattro mesi e mezzo compreso un periodo di isolamento.

In questi due anni e mezzo l’avvocato Ibrahim Metwally, che ci stava aiutando nella causa di Giulio. è stato arrestato mentre stava cercando suo figlio, fatto sparire a forza.

Metwally è tutt’ora in isolamento, trattenuto all’interno di una cella sporca, senza finestre, dove gli viene negata anche la luce del sole.

Venerdì scorso è iniziato un nuovo capitolo, questa volta hanno iniziato a prendere di mira le nostre famiglie.

Alle 2:30 del mattino gli agenti delle forze di sicurezza dello Stato hanno fatto irruzione nella casa di Mohamed Lotfy, un cittadino egiziano-svizzero, e dopo avergli sequestrato il telefono, lo hanno condotto insieme a sua moglie Amal Fathy ed al figlio di 3 anni, presso una stazione di polizia.

Mohamed e suo figlio sono stati rilasciati ma la moglie Amal è stata accusata in due occasioni di aver compiuto atti di minaccia alla sicurezza dello Stato, ricevendo 2 ordini di detenzione preventiva di 15 giorni ciascuno, perché avrebbe pubblicato un video su Facebook criticando lo Stato, colpevole di non aver sanzionato adeguatamente il reato di molestie sessuali.

Di sicuro le accuse mosse nei confronti di Amal hanno scopo puramente intimidatorio, atteso il lavoro che svolgiamo all’ECRF.

Infatti, il Procuratore per la sicurezza dello Stato ha negato ad Amal qualsiasi incontro con suoi avvocati e, durante l’interrogatorio, le ha chiesto ininterrottamnte informazioni su di me per circa un’ora.

Ciò significa che sto correndo il rischio di essere arrestato a mia volta per attentato alla sicurezza dello stato.

Proprio coloro che dovrebbero investigare e fare luce sulla morte di Giulio, stanno arrestando quelli che davvero cercano di far emergere la verità.

Signore e Signori, Vi sto parlando ora mentre mi nascondo dalle Forze di sicurezza dello Stato, dormo fuori da casa mia perché ho paura che facciano del male alla mia famiglia.

Posso capire perché tutto questo ci sta accadendo: vogliono creare i presupposti affichè emerga la “verità” più conveniente per loro, ma non la reale verità nel caso di Giulio.

Vogliono eliminare tutti i partner egiziani che lavorano per aiutare la Famiglia Regeni in modo che nessuno possa controllare la fondatezza o meno delle informazioni estrapolate dal procedimento giudiziario egiziano.

Signore e Signori, in questo momento siamo presi di mira ed abbiamo bisogno del vostro aiuto affinchè Amal sia rilasciata e possa crescere suo figlio in pace, affinchè Ibrahim sia liberato e possa aiutarci a prevenire ulteriori persecuzioni alla nostra organizzazione.

Signore e Signori vi assicuro che, qualunque cosa faccia l’apparato di sicurezza dello Stato, non smetteremo di impegnarci per trovare la verità per Giulio, la verità vera, non quella più conveniente e sono certo che ci riusciremo.

Questa non è una semplice previsione.

E’ una promessa.

Grazie mille

Ahmad Abdallah,

15 maggio 2018, Cairo – Egitto

(Facebook)

https://newint.org/features/web-exclusive/2018/04/20/ecrf-victory-for-activists-in-egypt

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Egypt: Labour lawyer and activist Haytham Mohamadeen arrested

May 17, 2018

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يا هيثم..
في كلام كتير محشور في الزور… بس حتفضل السلطة إللي خايفة منك و بتخطفك.. هي السلطة المعادية لأفكارك.. أفكارك المحبة للناس.. أفكارك إللي بتقف جنب المطحونين و الكادحين و الفقرا.. أفكارك إللي مع فلسطين و مع المقاومة و بتقف ضد الصهاينة و الاستعمار.. أفكارك إللي مع العمال و حقوقهم.. أفكارك إللي ضد التبعية و ضد سياسات الفقار و سياسات صندوق النقد الدولي .. أفكارك إللي مع الحرية و المساواة.
يا رفيق لو بيراهنوا على ميادين فاضية دلوقتي قبلهم راهنوا و خسروا في الاخر..
ربنا يطمنا عليك
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حتي اول ليلة رمضان مش عارفين نتهني بيها. الأمن الوطني قبض علي الصديق و الزميل هيثم محمدين من منزله.
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Egypt: How #MeToo and #TimesUp Are Helping Egyptian Women Break the Silence Around Sexual Violence

May 17, 2018

Azza Soliman is part of Amnesty International’s Brave Campaign, which calls for the recognition and protection of human rights defenders around the world.

Soliman is part of Amnesty International’s Brave Campaign, which calls for the recognition and protection of human rights defenders around the world.

Movements like Me Too and Time’s Up have put women’s rights firmly back on the agenda. But away from the spotlight, there are many other girls and women who are risking their lives to demand an end to sexual violence, harassment and inequality. Just recently, Egyptian activist Amal Fathy was arrested for posting a Facebook video in which she shared her experiences of sexual harassment.

But women in Egypt refuse to be silenced. One of these unsung heroes is lawyer and founder of the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance Azza Soliman. Azza risks her own safety and freedom to defend survivors of sexual violence in Egypt.

I’ve been arrested and interrogated for doing my job: defending survivors of abuse in Egypt.

There is no comprehensive law covering all forms of sexual violence in Egypt. Many people believe that the blame lies with the girls and women involved, rather than the perpetrator, and survivors face shame and stigma.

As a lawyer, and as a woman committed to defending human rights, I want to make sure girls and women have a safe space to speak out. It’s an issue I’ve been working on for many years. Believe me when I say, it’s not been an easy fight and, for me, it’s one that’s had difficult repercussions.

I have been defamed by the media. I’ve faced criminal charges. I was accused of damaging the image of Egypt by spreading “false news” of sexual harassment and rape. I had my picture published in a state-affiliated newspaper attacking my marital status and accusing me of “encouraging women to know their rights and seek divorce.”

I’m currently under a travel ban and I’ve had my assets frozen, as I’ve been accused of receiving foreign funds that will harm the image of Egypt and the national interest of my country. Yet I refuse to give up hope, because there’s still plenty of work to be done.

http://time.com/5280726/how-metoo-and-timesup-are-helping-egyptian-women-break-the-silence-around-sexual-violence/

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/speak-out-for-egypt-womens-rights-defender-azza-soliman/

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azza_Soliman (FRANCAIS)

http://www.abogacia.es/events/event/entrega-del-premio-pedro-de-lemonauria-a-azza-soliman-en-ica-bizkaia/ (ESPANOL)

http://www.lavanguardia.com/local/paisvasco/20180427/443067032418/el-congreso-de-la-abogacia-de-bizkaia-concluye-con-la-entrega-del-premio-pedro-de-lemonauria-a-adela-asua-y-azza-soliman.html (ESPANOL)