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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/en/breaking_news-2/2018/01/08/16810-afteegypt.html

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/12/gilets-jaunes-france-egyptian-protests-media-security.html

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/egypt-human-rights-lawyer-mohamed-ramadan-detained-for-a-yellow-vest

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/arrest-and-detention-human-rights-defender-and-lawyer-mohamed-ramadan

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/arrest-of-lawyer-mohamed-ramadan/

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

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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/www.madamasr.com/en/2018/12/25/news/u/imprisoned-rights-lawyer-mohamed-ramadan-reports-deteriorating-health-poor-detention-conditions/

https://afteegypt.org/en/breaking_news-2/2018/12/25/16810-afteegypt.html?fbclid=IwAR11YMnpuukz6xWXKdZKSWy6Ua4qGpb0n9WOcCAVg8tr_ClqOabBX0BqlH4

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/12/gilets-jaunes-france-egyptian-protests-media-security.html

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/arrest-and-detention-human-rights-defender-and-lawyer-mohamed-ramadan

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/egypt-human-rights-lawyer-mohamed-ramadan-detained-for-a-yellow-vest

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-investigates-disappeared-citizens-in-egypt/a-46989169

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)

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Egypt/Thailand/France/Germany: Two persecuted rights lawyers receive Franco-German Prize for Human Rights

 

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Mohamed Lotfy (Egypt)

Sirikan June Charoensiri (Thailand)

https://www.tlhr2014.com/?p=10264&fbclid=IwAR3os1uhkSVzgQjDh28qfyZg3D9WHhz_5xIRyi-oyTxEqykAT03f9Ynk048

https://www.news24.com/Africa/News/egypt-court-orders-release-of-anti-sex-abuse-activist-20181219

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-46618153

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-court-orders-release-activist-amal-fathy-49334365

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/case-history-mohamed-lotfy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohamed_Lotfy_(Human_Rights_Defender)

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/human-rights/events/article/human-rights-franco-german-prize-for-human-rights-and-the-rule-of-law-21-11-18

 

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

https://afrique.lalibre.be/29342/egypte-la-justice-ordonne-la-liberation-dune-militante-des-droits-humains/ (FRANCAIS)

https://th.ambafrance.org/L-avocate-Sirikan-Charoensiri-recoit-le-prix-franco-allemand-pour-les-droits-de (FRANCAIS)

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/dossiers-pays/allemagne/relations-bilaterales/prix-franco-allemand-des-droits-de-l-homme-et-de-l-etat-de-droit/article/droits-de-l-homme-prix-franco-allemand-des-droits-de-l-homme-et-de-l-etat-de (FRANCAIS)

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirikan_Charoensiri (ESPANOL)

Au cours d’une cérémonie chaleureuse qui s’est tenue le 18 décembre, les ambassadeurs d’Allemagne et de France en Égypte ont remis conjointement le Prix franco-allemand des droits de l’Homme et de l’État de droit à M. Mohamed Lotfy.

Ce prix, décerné cette année à 15 lauréats à travers le monde, récompense depuis 2016 des personnalités qui contribuent de façon exceptionnelle à la protection et à la promotion des droits de l’Homme et de l’État de droit dans leur pays et au niveau international.

Il témoigne de l’engagement constant de la France et de l’Allemagne en faveur des droits de l’Homme et de l’État de droit partout dans le monde et contribue à renforcer leur coopération dans ce domaine.

(Ambassade de France en Égypte Facebook, 18/12/18)

Sirikan Charoensiri, avocate thaïlandaise des droits de l’Homme au sein de l’organisation Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), a reçu le mercredi 19 décembre au soir à la résidence de l’ambassadeur d’Allemagne le prix franco-allemand pour les droits de l’Homme et l’Etat de droit des mains de l’ambassadeur de France en Thaïlande, Jacques Lapouge, et de l’ambassadeur d’Allemagne, Georg Schmidt, en reconnaissance de son travail pour défendre les Thaïlandais affectés dans leurs droits depuis le coup d’Etat de mai 2014.

Pour en savoir plus ➡️ http://bit.ly/2LsehD1

🇹🇭 เมื่อค่ำวันพุธที่ 19 ธันวาคม 2561 ณ ทำเนียบเอกอัครราชทูตเยอรมนี นางสาวศิริกาญจน์ เจริญศิริ ทนายความของศูนย์ทนายความเพื่อสิทธิมนุษยชน (Thai Lawyers for Human Rights – TLHR) ได้รับรางวัลสิทธิมนุษยชน และหลักนิติธรรมฝรั่งเศส-เยอรมัน จากนายฌัก ลาปูฌ เอกอัครราชทูตฝรั่งเศสประจำประเทศไทย และนายเกออร์ค ชมิดท์ เอกอัครราชทูตเยอรมนีประจำประเทศไทย เพื่อยกย่องการทำงานในการปกป้องชาวไทยที่ถูกละเมิดสิทธินับตั้งแต่เกิดรัฐประหารเมื่อเดือนพฤษภาคม 2557

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(Ambassade de France en Thaïlande สถานเอกอัครราชทูตฝรั่งเศสประจำประเทศไทย Facebook, 20/12/18)

Egypt/EU: Human rights violations in Egypt: EU must speak out!

December 20, 2018

The EU should be aware of plans to amend the Egyptian Constitution that could extend the power of the President indefinitely, showing the true intentions of an authoritarian state, writes Wahid Al-Asmar.

Wadih Al-Asmar is President of EuroMed Rights.

Last week, the European Parliament took a courageous stance by adopting an urgent resolution on Egypt, strongly condemning continuous restrictions on fundamental democratic rights in the country.

This week, on 20 December, EU high level representatives, including HR/VP Federica Mogherini, will meet with their Egyptian counterparts, for the EU-Egypt Association Council.

EuroMed Rights joins the European Parliament resolution’s call to maintain a strong and unified position on human rights at the EU-Egypt Association Council. The EU should not miss this crucial opportunity to denounce Egypt’s appalling human rights track record loudly and clearly. Silence on the EU’s part will be taken as an endorsement by the Egyptian authorities.

As the Association Council will review the state of EU-Egypt bilateral relations, dialogue on the protection and promotion of human rights should not be overlooked. As stressed in the EU guidelines on human rights, the issue of human rights, democracy and the rule of law must be discussed at the highest level and not only buried in technical documents.

Indeed, Egypt is far from being a democratic state and the elections of March 2018 have shown that no space is left for meaningful political opposition or critical media reporting.

EuroMed Rights is extremely worried about plans to amend the Egyptian Constitution that could extend the power of the President indefinitely, showing the true intentions of an authoritarian state. This goes hand in hand with the generalised crackdown on Egyptian civil society and activists conducted in recent years by Egyptian authorities.

Mass arrests, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, travel bans, asset freezes, and closure of independent NGOs: there is no limit to the repression. One of the latest examples is the enforced disappearance of human rights lawyer Ezzat Ghoneim, missing since September 2018.

https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/opinion/human-rights-violations-in-egypt-eu-must-speak-out/

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-blogger-wael-abbas-free-after-7-months-custody-1653993752

https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/law-society-expresses-grave-concerns-regarding-human-rights-violations-against-members-of-legal-profession-702492271.html

https://madamasr.com/en/2018/10/21/news/u/arrest-orders-issued-for-missing-lawyers-ezzat-ghoneim-azouz-maghoub/

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/62291/Unlicensed-NGOs-foreign-funds-defendants-acquitted-of-charges

https://www.atlantico.fr/node/3561913 (FRANCAIS)

Egypt: authorities must end the arbitrary detention of human rights lawyer Mohamed Ramadan

December 14, 2018

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The Egyptian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release human rights lawyer Mohamed Ramadan and drop the charges against him or otherwise charge him with a recognizable crime consistent with international law, said the ICJ today.

Mohamed Ramadan was arrested, by plainclothes security officers on 10 December 2018, after attending proceedings concerning the renewal of a detention order against one of his clients. The client, Ayman Mahmoud, himself had been evidently detained for political reasons, and charged with joining and promoting an “illegal group” and “spreading false news on Facebook and Twitter to harm State interests.”

Following his arrest, Mohamed Ramadan was detained overnight in the National Security Agency Office. Ramadan’s family and lawyers did not know of his whereabouts until he was brought before the Alexandria Prosecutor on 11 December 2018.

According to information available to the ICJ, the Prosecutor charged Ramadan with joining a terrorist group, promoting its ideology including through social media and possession of publications supporting the group’s purpose (Case No. 16576/2018 Montaza), and ordered that he be detained for 15 days.

The charges appear to be to intended to prevent Ramadan’s exercise of freedom of expression and work as a lawyer. One of the lawyers who attended Ramadan’s interrogation on 11 December 2018 informed the ICJ that Ramadan had been informed by the Prosecutor to stop representing political detainees.

https://www.icj.org/egypt-authorities-must-end-the-arbitrary-detention-of-human-rights-lawyer-mohamed-ramadan/

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/egypt/2018/12/d25165/

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/mohamed-ramadan-sentenced-under-counter-terrorism-law

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/arrest-and-detention-human-rights-defender-and-lawyer-mohamed-ramadan

https://www.france24.com/en/20181215-french-yellow-vests-spark-copycats-fakes-abroad

https://www.newsarticleinsiders.com/fear-of-protests-egypt-bans-the-sale-of-yellow-vests

https://ifex.org/egypt/2018/12/14/civic-space/

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=MOTION&reference=B8-2018-0578&format=XML&language=EN&fbclid=IwAR08xel3w86iycsn0pibiY51-QAY1m6gHseiry3C0bMxafcB3-HyRsysfxY

https://madamasr.com/en/2018/12/11/news/u/rights-lawyer-mohamed-ramadan-detained-on-charges-including-possession-of-yellow-vests/

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Egypt: I’ve been arrested and blackmailed for defending sexual violence survivors

December 14, 2018

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

This year we celebrate 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was signed. To mark the anniversary Metro.co.uk will explore how the rights and freedoms that the document protects continue to be relevant today.

Each day this week we will publish a first person piece by someone from around the world, supported by Amnesty International, whose story relates to one of the 30 articles in the UDHR.

Their stories shed light on the everyday abuses that people continue to suffer, as well as the absolute importance of a universally upheld vision and standard for human rights in the 21st century and beyond.

Women’s rights are a burning issue. Whether we’re talking about #MeToo, reproductive rights or violence against women – both on and offline – there is no doubt that a major culture shift is taking place globally.

As a lawyer who specialises in helping women survivors of violence, witnessing this sea change brings me a great deal of hope and joy.

However, while very real progress is being made, there are places where women risk their very lives to speak up about what they have endured or witnessed.

In Egypt, where I live, women are vilified by their own government for revealing the reality of harassment – even rape – that they face each day.

One of these women is me.

I’ve been defamed all over state-affiliated media, accused of being a spy and a national security threat.

I’ve been arrested from my house, emotionally blackmailed, and traumatised. I’ve been accused of spreading false news to destroy Egypt’s reputation.

Why? Because of my work standing up for women in my country and defending women survivors of violence.

And because by claiming rape and sexual harassment exist in Egypt, the authorities think I’m a threat to the country.

I’m a target because I care.

I have been working as a lawyer for 29 years. I co-founded the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance and Lawyers for Justice and Peace and I’ve heard and seen first-hand how devastating the impact of sexual harassment, intimidation and attacks on a woman can be.

I’ve been arrested and blackmailed for defending sexual violence survivors

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=MOTION&reference=B8-2018-0578&language=EN

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

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

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

https://www.vanityfair.it/news/diritti/2018/11/25/giornata-violenza-donne-me-too (ITALIANO)

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Egypt: Egyptian Lawyer Arrested for Possessing Yellow Vests

December 11, 2018

Montaza prosecution handed lawyer Mohamed Ramadan 15-day detention order for having five yellow vests pending case 16576/2018.
Ramadan, known as Abu Baibars, was arrested yesterday and was held at the National Security headquarter in Alexandria.
He is charged with possessing yellow vests to use in demonstrations against the Egyptian regime copycatting the protests that erupted in France, said Mohamed Hafez, lawyer at the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression.
Hafez confirmed that Ramadan did not have any yellow vests on him.
“possessing yellow vests is not a crime itself; there are no laws criminalizing having or wearing yellow shirts. These actions show that the current regime is terrified of repeating what has happened in France,” Hafez said.

https://afteegypt.org/en/breaking_news-2/2018/12/11/16810-afteegypt.html?fbclid=IwAR2tXx_J_pFfnZcGdEqbK1sSO_CVjgPcVohxAABphdWRfU6kbULnv3J-j7c

https://madamasr.com/en/2018/12/11/news/u/rights-lawyer-mohamed-ramadan-detained-on-charges-including-possession-of-yellow-vests/?fbclid=IwAR3jVtD3Ih4iWAjC9HHMBiajkp26GJ2R7l64Qyr71NoI-SyytPVqaT7v0o4

https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/12/11/egypt-bans-the-sales-of-yellow-vests-suspecting-that-egyptians-might-copy-the-french/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-46522605

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-arrest/egyptian-lawyer-held-for-wearing-yellow-vest-as-sales-restricted-activist-idUSKBN1OA28V

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/mohamed-ramadan-sentenced-under-counter-terrorism-law

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/egypt-restricts-sale-yellow-vests-fear-protests-181212063903872.html

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-jails-lawyer-15-days-possessing-five-yellow-vests-27414294

https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Egyptian-lawyer-detained-after-wearing-yellow-vest-574104

https://lso.ca/about-lso/initiatives/human-rights-monitoring-group/public-statement-egypt-december-2018?lang=en-ca

https://www.icj.org/egypt-authorities-must-end-the-arbitrary-detention-of-human-rights-lawyer-mohamed-ramadan/?fbclid=IwAR2KarHfma3yoDPOyPYE0UNYrueMyXpxbaYAuS0BSr3VkyH40-wGcGO_hJI

https://www.letelegramme.fr/monde/egypte-la-vente-de-gilets-jaunes-controlee-par-la-police-11-12-2018-12159206.php (FRANCAIS)

https://www.atlantico.fr/node/3561041 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lci.fr/international/restrictions-des-ventes-de-gilets-jaunes-en-egypte-par-peur-de-la-contagion-2107216.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.courrierinternational.com/article/en-egypte-un-avocat-arrete-pour-detention-de-gilets-jaunes?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&Echobox=1544632648&fbclid=IwAR0PonoWCPbs08TdeV8vIK1ybYuG0Xd7ebTqhz1Kpo6mzmqaGbvxgUaLJAg (FRANCAIS)

https://lso.ca/a-propos-du-barreau/initiatives/groupe-de-surveillance-des-droits-de-la-personne/public-statement-egypt-(november-2018) (FRANCAIS)