Tag Archives: Egypt

Egypt: Calls for Egypt to release disappeared lawyer after ‘nervous breakdown’

March 12, 2019

Egyptian lawyer Azouz Mahgoub [Facebook]

The Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) has appealed to Egyptian authorities to release lawyer Azouz Mahgoub, after they discovered he has suffered a nervous breakdown in prison.

Mahgoub has been missing since 14 September, with family members suspecting that he had been forcibly disappeared alongside ECRF head Ezzat Ghoneim, having last been seen at Al-Haram police station.

Nothing was heard of Mahgoub for five months, despite some 21 local and international NGOshave signed a letter calling for his and Ghoneim’s release, stating that the security services will be held responsible for their safety.

However two weeks ago, Mahgoub suddenly reappeared in an Egyptian criminal court, before being sent again to Al-Giza prison. Last Tuesday, his family was informed that he had suffered a nervous breakdown while in detention, prompting concern over his physical wellbeing.

“We send an urgent appeal to the Egyptian public prosecution for Azouz to be released and to check his health and mental condition,” Ahmed El-Attart of ECRF told MEMO earlier today.

In an ironic twist, in October, Egypt issued arrest warrants for Mahgoub and Ghoneim, despite it being widely known that the men were in the custody of the security services. At the time, their lawyer argued that the men’s disappearance was intended to prompt their re-arrest for violating release orders, such that they could be tried anew.

Mahgoub has now been in custody for over a year; he and Ghoneim were arrested in March 2018 for representing Mona Mahmoud Mohamed, who was detained after featuring in a BBC documentary on enforced disappearances in which she recounted the repeated kidnapping and rape of her daughter, Zubeida Ibrahim.





https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfB4AfTRqCaAar9r4xfXvKsNGwHud-jM0BzWfws-uLSrAi4rA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1p8-uAkPXVqP4UomJl0SvkURNkdrz6qcrCjTjYpRBKyt6O3AiT6UoAFmw (SIGN URGENT APPEAL!)

https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2019/02/18/un-avocat-egyptien-jete-en-prison-pour-un-gilet-jaune_5425003_3212.html?fbclid=IwAR1HVteHrKxjtGQPZHwzoSvnq5YaXAtXOBt8OvDsWIMmPzWSyBoBzgoF47M (FRANCAIS)

https://www.liberation.fr/planete/2019/02/18/egypte-amnesty-demande-la-liberation-d-un-avocat-arborant-un-gilet-jaune_1710160 (FRANCAIS)

Egypt/France: 4 human rights leaders accused of inciting against Egypt

January 30, 2019

File photo: Human Rights activist Gamal Eid

Four directors of prominent local human rights organizations were accused of dispensing false information about the political situation in Egypt.

Lawyer Tareq Mahmoud filed a report before the Public Prosecution against Gamal Eid, the executive director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI); Mohamed Zarea, the head of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS); Mohamed Lotfy, the executive director of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms and Gaser Abdel Raziq, the executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR).

In his report, Mahmoud claimed that the four human rights advocates met with French officials during French President Manuel Macron’s recent visit to Egypt, where “they blamed the Egyptian state for enforced disappearance cases and alleged the presence of mistreatment and torture inside prisons in order to incite against the state, change the international stance against Egypt and convey a completely different picture of the internal situation in Egypt.”

Mahmoud called in his report for immediate and prompt investigations into the incidents mentioned in his complaint; in addition to issuing an arrest warrant , referring all the aforementioned human rights advocates to trial and probing the possibility they are receiving foreign funds from suspected bodies linked to the banned –Muslim Brotherhood international organization.









https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2019/02/01/apres-la-visite-de-macron-en-egypte-des-defenseurs-des-droits-humains-vises-par-une-plainte_5417851_3210.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR3-VFYgQj5WNsm_sLLQwZkcyeJBpiVa_J8Q6_fue5OjBUl8abgIDHy7TEM#Echobox=1549038656 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.liberation.fr/planete/2019/02/01/l-egypte-signifie-sa-resistance-a-macron-sur-les-droits-de-l-homme_1706846?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR0ZRzkGd4eJbH4XqHNj5Fgwh1BkC3PzDg5NSuZ3GXP7F2TiNrhdwgs0AQI#Echobox=1549041776 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/cultures-monde/culturesmonde-du-jeudi-31-janvier-2019?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR2OtGMm-g6JJPPncyvloreIaVpiaZu0HGrI2q3JM4e9QL7QPikkGHkuGM4#Echobox=1549033034 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20190129/4687015256/macron-se-reunio-con-representantes-sociedad-civil-antes-de-partir-de-egipto.html (ESPANOL)

Egypt/France: In Egypt, human rights defenders await an inflection of French politics

January 26, 2019

The head of state, criticized by the NGOs in his refusal to “give lessons” to his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi, during his visit to Paris in October 2017, “will discuss individual cases and systemic issues “ , We assure the Elysee.

“France is concerned about the way in which fundamental freedoms are not respected in Egypt”, adds one.

The statement made by human rights organizations, received on 23 January at the Elysee, is without appeal. While Egypt has known since the arrival of Mr. Sissi in power in 2014, the “worst human rights crisis of the recent era” , with an all-out crackdown against Islamist opponents, left and secular, marked forced disappearances and torture, the situation has deteriorated further in the last 12 months.

“There was hope at the end of 2017 of a small opening before the presidential election [of March 2018] , a relaxation of the repression and space for the political opposition. It did not take place: the repression was accentuated, especially against the secular opposition and the candidates declared to the presidential “ , deplores Mohamed Lotfy, director of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms and 2018 winner of the prize franco -German of human rights and the rule of law.

Mohamed Lotfy is regularly harassed in his work by the authorities. His wife, the human rights activist and former member of the pro-revolution movement Amal Fathy, was arrested in May 2018 after denouncing sexual harassment in a video, before being convicted of “membership of an illegal organization” and “Dissemination of false information” .





https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2019/01/26/en-egypte-les-defenseurs-des-droits-humains-attendent-une-inflexion-de-la-politique-francaise_5414926_3210.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.fr/liberte-d-expression/actualites/legypte-du-president-al-sissi?utm_medium=reseaux-sociaux&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR0e7BZnhSsxOHTBcum4ZvQvbEWKGbQpHId-Sggh_MUCjWdzMG7sGdVe9GQ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.alterinfo.net/Egypte-la-France-a-decroche-le-jackpot–Un-rapport-accablant-sur-la-repression-made-in-France_a139910.html (FRANCAIS)

https://combat-jeune.com/2019/01/20/lactiviste-amal-fathy-en-prison-pour-avoir-denonce-le-harcelement-sexuel-en-egypte/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2019/01/29/au-caire-macron-et-sissi-confrontent-leur-vision-des-droits-de-l-homme_5415967_3212.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.tpi.it/2019/01/25/tre-anni-senza-giulio-regeni/ (ITALIANO)

https://left.it/2019/01/24/tre-anni-senza-giulio/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.es.amnesty.org/en-que-estamos/blog/historia/articulo/el-amor-en-tiempos-del-presidente-al-sisi/ (ESPANOL)





Egypt: Amnesty: Egypt must release rights activist Abdelmonem

January 19, 2019

Egyptian human rights activist Hoda Abdelmonem [file photo]

Amnesty International called yesterday for the Egyptian authorities to immediately release Egyptian human rights activist Hoda Abdelmonem.

In a tweet, the rights group wrote that Abdelmonem had been forcibly disappeared for 20 days before she appeared in court.

Amnesty reported the account of Abdelmonem’s daughter, detailing what happened to her mother: “On 1 November 2018, [Egyptian] State Security forces broke into the house of Hoda Abdelmonem in Cairo at 1:30 am, ransacked it, and took her blindfolded to her mother’s house.”

It added: “While the Security forces searched her mother’s house, she was left blindfolded in a police vehicle. Hoda was then forcibly taken to an unknown destination.”

Hoda’s daughter witnessed her arrest. The officers confirmed to Hoda’s daughter that they belonged to the Egyptian State Security forces, but did not show an arrest warrant or mention the reason for her arrest, or where she was being taken.

Hoda Abdelmoniem is a 60-year-old human rights lawyer who volunteers as a consultant for the Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), a prominent human rights organisation. In the last five years, Hoda has been documenting human rights violations, including cases of enforced disappearances.

She is also a lawyer at the Egyptian Cassation and Supreme Constitutional Courts, as well as a former member of the National Council for Human Rights and the Egyptian Bar Association.

Amnesty International believes that Hoda’s activism, as well as her being a member of the defence team in several human rights cases, are the reasons behind her arrest.



https://www.hrw.org/ar/news/2019/01/17/326148 (ARABIC)

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2019/01/17/egypte-nouvelles-mesures-pour-ecraser-la-dissidence (FRANCAIS)


Egypt: Mohamed Ramadan, an Egyptian “yellow vest” lawyer in prison

January 18, 2019

Mohamed Ramadan, a lawyer and worker advocate, has been held in solitary confinement in the Borg el-Arab prison in Egypt for more than a month. His wrong? Have posted a photo of him on Facebook wearing a yellow vest in reference to the French movement. He is now accused of “joining a terrorist group and promoting his ideas “.

With our correspondent in Alexandria, François Hume-Ferkatadji

The Frontline defenders NGO published a damning report on Thursday, 17 January, the fruit of several months of work, on the repeated attacks against strikers, trade unionists and lawyers defending labor rights in Egypt. Enforced disappearances, beatings, acts of torture or immediate dismissals, the actors of the social movements are the targets of the regime.

Mohamed Ramadan is a well-known lawyer, who regularly opposes human rights violations in Egypt.On December 10, he puts on a yellow vest and takes a picture of himself. He posted it on Facebook before disappearing a few hours later.

” After his day at the court, he did not go home. He was not at his desk and we could not reach him, says his lawyer and friend Mohamed Awad. We, as lawyers, started looking for him in hospitals, police stations, but could not find him. It was only the next morning that we learned of his arrest. He was in the prosecutor’s office. 




http://m.rfi.fr/moyen-orient/20190118-egypte-mohamed-ramadan-avocat-gilet-jaune-prison?fbclid=IwAR2rGxPWBDhh40WhB-ISwOa8UrDgNy-4R19SlJuy-vHs3zYoq45gK3RNMZ0 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.la-croix.com/Monde/Afrique/En-Egypte-arborer-gilet-jaune-mene-prison-2019-01-18-1200996478 (FRANCAIS)

Image may contain: one or more people and text

Egypt: Alexandria: Prosecutor Extends Pretrial Detention of Yellow Vests Prisoner

January 8, 2019

Montazah Prosecution, Alexandria, has handed lawyer Mohamed Ramadan another 15-day detention order pending case 16576/2018.

The lawyer will be transferred to El Ghorbaniat Prison in Burj Al Arab Detention Center, according to his lawyer Mohamed Hafez.

Ramadan, known as Abu Baibars, has been held in solitary confinement since December 10 as he is charged with possessing yellow vests to use in demonstrations against the Egyptian regime copycatting the protests that erupted in France.

Hafez, lawyer at AFTE, said that Ramadan’s medical condition is deteriorating because of the solitary confinement and the lack of medical care.
Ramadan is also charged with joining a terrorist group and promoting its ideologies through social media, publishing fake news, and possessing illegal publications.






https://afteegypt.org/law_unit/2019/01/08/16801-afteegypt.html?fbclid=IwAR37QANehtEN_gNZ4WxiburKE0fSWcbht5neeItjAD_0PGIP5A1nfDphI3U (ARABIC)


Image may contain: one or more people and text

Egypt: Imprisoned rights lawyer Mohamed Ramadan reports deteriorating health, poor detention conditions

December 25, 2018

An Alexandria prosecutor’s office renewed on Tuesday the detention of Alexandrian rights lawyer Mohamed Ramadan for 15 days as he continues to suffer from a series of health complications and a lack of proper medical care in custody, according to lawyer Mahienour al-Massry.

Ramadan — who is being held in solitary confinement at the Alexandria Security Directorate in a cell with no bed — was ordered detained pending further investigations into accusations of “joining a terrorist group and promoting its ideas, spreading false news, possessing pamphlets and yellow vests to call for protests against the government, similar to the ‘Yellow Vest’ protests in France, and using social media to promote a terrorist group,” Massry said.

He was arrested on December 10 by plainclothes security personnel as he returned home after attending an interrogation session with one of his clients. He was taken to a National Security Agency (NSA) office, where he was held overnight. His whereabouts remained unknown to his family and lawyers until he appeared before the prosecution the next day, when he was ordered to be held in remand detention for 15 days.







https://madamirror7.appspot.com/madamasr.com/ar/2018/12/25/news/u/%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%8A-%D9%85%D8%AD%D9%85%D8%AF-%D8%B1%D9%85%D8%B6%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%8A%D8%B4%D9%83%D9%88-%D9%84%D9%84%D9%86%D9%8A%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%A9-%D8%A3%D9%88%D8%B6%D8%A7%D8%B9/ (ARABIC)

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/ar/contents/articles/originals/2018/12/gilets-jaunes-france-egyptian-protests-media-security.html?fbclid=IwAR35NryupNyLdDhvE4bwiaaWfAqwKnKLEATv0WQ7rc8l_db3pt3nmGXV1iQ (ARABIC)

Image result for lawyer Mohamed Ramadan