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Egypt/Canada: Egyptian human rights lawyer shortlisted for Canadian human rights award

August 21, 2017

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Lawyer and Women’s Rights Defender Azza Soliman is a finalist for the 2017 Allard Prize for International Integrity.

Soliman is a co-founder of the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance and has dedicated her life to fighting corruption and injustice faced by Egyptian women in both the private sphere and the judicial system.

She has worked to support women’s access to justice by using progressive interpretations of religion to influence legislation and combat the monopoly and corruption of religious institutions.

(Allard Prize For International Integrity Facebook)






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

http://www.valor.com.br/valor-investe/casa-das-caldeiras/5084514/lava-jato-e-finalista-no-premio-allard-para-integridade-int (PORTUGUES)

Egypt: Human rights lawyer Mohamed Ramadan, detained since December 2016, is released

August 20, 2017

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محمد رمضان المحامي على الأسفلت

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http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-page4.1.egy170710.htm (FRANCAIS)

Egypt: World Bank Group Funding Used to Target and Suppress Human Rights Activists

August 17, 2017

It is no secret that many of the rights that are taken for granted in some countries are systematically and increasingly denied in others —particularly political freedoms such as freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. What might be surprising to many, however, is to find out that some of the investments funded by our tax money through international financial institutions like the World Bank Group are being used to target and suppress human rights activists.


On July 28th, 2017, a prominent Egyptian human rights activist submitted a complaint to the watchdog of the World Bank Group’s private sector arm – the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO), which holds the International Finance Corporation (IFC) accountable. The complaint alleges that a commercial bank in which the IFC holds an equity stake and has invested hundreds of millions of dollars, has colluded with the Egyptian regime to retaliate against human rights defenders, violated national law and the constitution, and threatened her safety.

On November 11th, 2016, Azza Soliman, a prominent human rights lawyer and activist, and founder of the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA), couldn’t withdraw money from her personal or business accounts with Ahli United Bank (AUB). She was one of the activists involved in the court case. Two weeks later, she was told that the bank’s decision to freeze the account was in response to a request from the investigative judge, in clear violation of a national law that stipulates that freezing assets can only be carried out via court order. In fact, the court order to freeze Azza’s assets was only issued a month later, on December 17th, 2016. Other Egyptian banks, complying with the law, notified her that the verdict would become effective a month from the verdict date (mid-January 2017).

The story didn’t end there. As a lawyer who knows her rights, Azza filed a police report against AUB. The investigative judge responded by issuing a retaliatory arrest warrant for Azza who was taken by force from her home in the early morning hours on December 7th, 2016, to the police station, then to the investigative judge office where she spent the full day before being bailed out. The story of her arrest went viral and was picked up by state-controlled media outlets. But the pro-regime hosts of some of the most- watched TV shows used this opportunity to renew their attack on human rights activists and especially on Azza in a way that exposed her and her family to further threats and intimidation.




Egypt/Canada: Allard Prize Award Ceremony

The 2017 Allard Prize for International Integrity will be awarded at a ceremony to be held in Vancouver, Canada on September 28th, 2017. The $100,000 CAD Prize was established in 2012 and is one of the largest anti-corruption prizes in the world.

The finalists for this year’s prize are Azza Soliman (Egypt), Khadija Ismayilova (Azerbaijan), and Car Wash Task Force (Brazil). The keynote speaker at this year’s ceremony will be internationally renowned journalist Glenn Greenwald.


Azza Soliman – A renowned women’s rights lawyer, Azza Soliman is the co-founder of the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA). She has dedicated her life to fighting corruption and injustice faced by Egyptian women in both the private sphere and the judicial system. She started her activism in 1995 when she was arrested after exposing the torture imposed on female members of the Islamic Group. Soliman has worked to support women’s access to justice by using progressive interpretations of religion to influence legislation and combat the monopoly and corruption of religious institutions. In 2015, Soliman was unjustly charged with unauthorized protest and public order violations after testifying against a policeman who she witnessed killing a female human rights defender during a protest. In response, she founded the “Protecting Witnesses and Whistleblowers Coalition” to help enhance the Rule of Law. Currently, the Egyptian government has curtailed Soliman’s freedom by freezing her law firm’s and her own private assets and banning her from traveling outside Egypt.





le 7 août, 2017

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Tarek Hussein, défenseur des droits humains, a été libéré le 27 juillet. Après avoir été détenu arbitrairement pendant 40 jours, cet ancien prisonnier d’opinion a pu rejoindre sa famille.

Tarek Mohamed Ahmed Hussein a été libéré par la police égyptienne le 27 juillet. Il était détenu arbitrairement depuis son arrestation par des policiers à son domicile, au Caire, le 17 juin. La police l’a maintenu en détention, lors même que le procureur d’al Khanka avait ordonné sa libération sous caution le 18 juin. Elle affirmait que Tarek Hussein avait été condamné dans le cadre de 16 affaires différentes. Au cours de sa détention, la police l’a détenu au secret pendant 12 jours et lui a fait subir des mauvais traitements. Tarek Hussein pourrait encore éventuellement être emprisonné, car le procureur n’a pas clos l’enquête officiellement.

Tarek Hussein a dit à Amnesty International qu’il avait été détenu dans de mauvaises conditions. Il a dit qu’il avait dû supporter des cellules surpeuplées, de la nourriture avariée, des conditions sanitaires déplorables et une mauvaise aération pendant des jours. La police n’a cessé de le déplacer entre trois prisons, trois postes de police et neuf tribunaux dans toute l’Égypte.

Tarek Hussein a dit à Amnesty International : « Défendre les droits humains n’est pas un crime, s’exprimer pacifiquement n’est pas un crime. Ce sont nos droits, et non un don du gouvernement. Même si le gouvernement considère que défendre les droits humains est un crime, nous continuerons à le faire. Les vrais crimes sont la torture, les disparitions forcées et la maltraitance des opposants politiques. Si le prix de notre lutte pour les droits humains est la prison, alors c’est un petit prix à payer pour une Égypte libre et forte. »


https://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/good-news/egypt-human-rights-defender-tarek-hussein-freed-prison (ENGLISH)

Egypt: Administrative Court bans human rights activities of United Group

August 2, 2017

Negad El Borai

On 31 July 2017, the Egyptian administrative court endorsed the Social Affairs Ministry’s decision to prohibit United Group’s recognition as a civil society group for purportedly violating the Law on Associations and non-governmental organizations (No. 84, 2002). The ruling effectively prohibits the legal firm from conducting awareness raising activities and workshops about the same Associations and non-governmental organizations law to civil society.

United Group is a law firm in Egypt that provides legal representation and consultations for civil society organizations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and human rights defenders. The firm also engages in monitoring and documentation of human rights violations pertaining to freedom of expression and opinion. The firm has also conducted workshops as part of a project aiming to raise awareness among civil society organizations on the Law on Associations and NGOs.

Negad El-Borai  is a lawyer, and the Senior Partner of United Group. He is a well-known figure in Egypt’s human rights movement and has been active in promoting a draft anti-torture law. He has  carried out workshops on good governance, given lectures on electoral processes and has authored several publications. The human rights defender was also a columnist for Al-Shorouk newspaper and has advocated for freedom of expression, assembly and association. Negad El-Borai resigned from Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) in January 2014, protesting its politicised and inconsistent position on human rights abuses in Egypt.




Day of the Endangered Lawyer/Egypt: 2018: Focus on EGYPT

Day of the Endangered Lawyer

In 2018 the focus of the Day of the Endangered Lawyer will be on Egypt. Many human rights organisations, among them Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, IDHAE, ELDH and the International Commission of Jurists confirm that the Egyptian authorities have moved beyond scaremongering and are now rapidly taking concrete steps to shut down the last critical voices in the country’s human rights community.

Today in Egypt, human rights activists, lawyers, political activists and independent journalists, all have to live with their phone calls being tapped, endless smear campaigns and hate speech from state-affiliated media as well as continuous harassment and intimidation from the authorities. Egypt is going through the most serious human rights crisis in its history. Every day security forces arbitrarily displace 3 or 4 people (http://preview.alturl.com/fw9oq).

After the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi the human rights situation has deteriorated dramatically. The government has restricted severely freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and freedom of association. The authorities have taken harsh actions against dissidents, ten thousands have been arbitrarily arrested, and many of them tortured during custody. Security forces that killed demonstrators have not been held accountable. After harsh unfair trials, hundreds of people have received prison or even death sentences. Victims of this persecution include not only alleged members and supporters of the Muslim brotherhood but also any other opponents to the present government, in particular alleged members of left organisations and human rights activists.

For an estimated two hundred this relentless persecution can even lead to arbitrary arrest, prolonged detention, harsh sentences after unfair trials and sometimes even torture, enforced disappearance at the hands of the state or death in custody as a result of medical negligence.

This is pretty much the same list of human rights violations suffered by the people whose rights such defenders are meant to be protecting through their activism and work.

More information to be disclosed on this website soon.


http://nl.dayoftheendangeredlawyer.eu/ (NEDERLANDS)