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Egypt: New crackdown to terrorise civil society

July 23, 2019

At least 83 persons, including political opposition activists, journalists and human rights defenders, have been arrested in Egypt over terrorist charges since June 25 for their alleged implication in a plot against the State. FIDH, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) denounce this new crackdown and call on the Egyptian authorities to immediately release and end any act of harassment, including at the judicial level, against all peaceful activists, in particular political opponents and human rights defenders in Egypt.


Former member of Parliament and human rights lawyer Zyad al-Elaimy was arrested on June 25, 2019 by a dozen of plainclothes national security agents after leaving a friend’s house in Cairo’s Maadi district, around 2 a.m. Seven political opposition figures were also arrested on the same night. In a statement, the Ministry of Interior abusively accused Mr. Zyad al-Elaimy and the other detainees of involvement in a plan financed through leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood – which was banned and declared a terrorist organisation in Egypt in 2013 – abroad “to carry out violent and disorderly acts against State institutions simultaneously with creating a state of revolutionary momentum”.

 Mr. Zyad al-Elaimy was involved in the creation of a movement bringing together political parties and social movements on a pro human rights agenda ”, said Neil Hicks, Senior Director for Advocacy at CIHRS. The Egyptian authorities, relayed by the official media, have renamed it the “Hope Plan”, and wrongly accused its alleged supporters of terrorism and undermining State security, in a typical attempt to silence dissidence.

The pre-trial detention of Mr. Zyad al-Elaimy and the other detainees has been renewed by the State Security Prosecution since then, pending investigation into State Security case No. 930/2019, in which the defendants face charges of “engaging with a terrorist group to achieve its goals” and “spreading false news and statements”.




Egypt arrests 8, including ex-lawmaker and secular activists

Egypt detains prominent opposition leader over alleged anti-government plot

https://ecesr.org/?p=775972&fbclid=IwAR2ok8M619FKa5M1ZHd9t24mZYjRRXTyNFT7Jnfffm7oOhZhmeOKvF7UVS8 (ARABIC)

https://daamdth.org/archives/5380 (ARABIC)

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Egypt: Detention of human rights ‘yellow vest’ lawyer renewed

July 19, 2019

A human rights lawyer who was detained in December for sharing a picture of himself wearing a yellow vest on Facebook in solidarity with protesters in France has had his appeal rejected by a court in Egypt.

Mohamed Ramadan was arrested for allegedly joining and promoting a terror group and inciting demonstrations and sentenced to 15 days in prison, but is still being detained seven months later.

At that time protesters in France demonstrating against high living costs and low wages wearing the trademark yellow safety vests forced French President Emmanuel Macron to cancel fuel tax increases and raise wages.

To prevent copycat protests ahead of the anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution authorities blocked the sale of vests and claimed to have found eight in Ramadan’s possession.

Read: Over 1,000 rights violations in Egypt in 2019, says NGO

Ramadan, who once defended human rights activists and political prisoners in Egypt, is being held in pre-trial detention pending further investigation, which is constantly being renewed.

In December, Ramadan’s lawyer said he was being held in solitary confinement and is suffering a series of health complications including high blood pressure and respiratory complications, and is not being given access to adequate health care.

Egypt: Detention of human rights ‘yellow vest’ lawyer renewed


Arrest of lawyer Mohamed Ramadan

Egypt: Trade union leaders call on Egypt’s military regime to release Hisham Fouad and Haitham Mohamedain

July 19, 2019

LHisham Fouadeading figures across the trade union movement in Britain have thrown their weight behind a campaign in solidarity with journalist Hisham Fouad and lawyer Haitham Mohamedain who have been detained by Egypt’s military regime on trumped up charges. Trade Union Congress president Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the National Union of Journalists Michelle Stanistreet and Jane Loftus, president of the communication workers’ union CWU are among the signatures to a petition calling for Hisham and Haitham’s release which has gathered the support of over 200 trade union activists.

Other activists, journalists and political figures have been seized in the latest crackdown, including former Social Democratic Party MP Ziyad el-Alim, journalist and opposition party spokesman Hossam Moanis, accountant and labour rights activist Hassan al-Barbary, academic Omar el-Shenety, and Ahmed el-Akabawy, a founder of the opposition Istiqlal Party. Amnesty International has also strongly condemned the arrests of Hisham, Haitham and other activists. In a statement on 30 June, North Africa Director of Research Magdalena Mughrabi said:

The latest wave of arrests targeting critics, opposition leaders, activists and journalists under the guise of counterterrorism is part of the Egyptian authorities’ systematic persecution and brutal crackdown on anyone who dares to criticize them. The crackdown leaves no doubt about the authorities’ vision for political life in Egypt; an open-air prison with no opposition, critics or independent reporting allowed.”

Trade union leaders call on Egypt’s military regime to release Hisham Fouad and Haitham Mohamedain

Trade union leaders call on Egypt’s military regime to release Hisham Fouad and Haitham Mohamedain

Labour laywer Haitham Mohamedein arrested by Egyptian security forces



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Haitham Mohamadeen

Sudan: Must Read: ABA ROLI Partner, Abdelrahman Al Gasim, Delivers Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Sudan to the African Commission

June 3, 2019

Lawyers, journalists, and human rights defenders in Sudan have faced arbitrary detention, torture, and death by Sudanese military and security forces for decades. These military and security forces are often shielded from prosecution. On April 11, 2019, after almost 5 months of civilian-led protests against the regime, the Bashir government was overthrown. 

Following this, ABA ROLI supported two members of the Darfur Bar Association to attend the 64th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) where they delivered a statement on the current human rights situation in Sudan. In short, the statement calls upon the ACHPR to support the demands of the Sudanese people of the government, to investigate the widespread human rights violations (particularly in Darfur, Nuba Mountains, and Blue Nile States), and to support the release of persons detained by the former regime. 

The statement was delivered by Abdelrahman Al Gasim, who received the ABA International Human Rights Award in 2018. 

Joint Oral Intervention Presented by Mr. Abdelrahman Al Gasim on behalf of Al-Khatim Adlan Centre for Enlightenment, Darfur Bar Association, and Darfur Relief and Documentation Center

ACHPR 64th Ordinary Session April 24 – May 14, 2019, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt






https://www.france24.com/fr/20190619-soudan-omar-el-bechir-procureure-cpi-remis-transfert-haye-onu-crime-humanite (FRANCAIS)

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(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 22/06/19)

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Egypt: Police Arrest 8, Raid Businesses Over Coup d’Etat Funding Claim

June 25, 2019

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Egyptian police raided 19 businesses and arrested eight people in the capital Cairo, Alexandria and Ismailia on Tuesday over claims the firms were funding a coup d’etat, according to the interior ministry.

The police took action to curtail businesses allegedly “intent on overthrowing the state and its institutions” by carrying out “violent acts”, the interior ministry said in a statement.

Footage provided by the interior ministry broadcast on Egyptian television showed the police officers raiding the various businesses, adding on video that a total of 250 million Egyptian pounds (13 million euros) was seized.

The ministry said that the businesses were affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, the outlawed political group briefly in power under Mohamed Morsi, who died after fainting in a courtroom last week.

Police arrested human rights lawyer and political figure Zyad el-Elaimy, along with journalists and businessmen.

Elaimy worked to overthrow Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and became a lawmaker for a year. His mother, Ekram Youssef, told Agence France Presse newswire that he was visiting a friend in Maadi, a Cairo suburb, when he was arrested early Tuesday.







Egypt detains prominent opposition leader over alleged anti-government plot



Activists seized in Egypt dawn raids accused of “economic conspiracy”

Haitham Mohamedain’s detention sparks fears of new crackdown: Amnesty






https://ecesr.org/?p=775941&fbclid=IwAR0QONqa8w5GxgU9uT2SQDNj-Bl-ZmlH7nkYt8so_fwYcTZG7KvT6GaVYd4 (ARABIC)

https://daamdth.org/archives/5380 (ARABIC)

https://cihrs.org/%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%B1-%D9%85%D9%86%D8%B8%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%AD%D9%82%D9%88%D9%82%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D8%AA%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%AD%D9%85%D9%84%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%82%D8%A8%D8%B6-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A3%D8%AE/?fbclid=IwAR3SXW8n4b3lHX7htyQHqeBmn9ooTOFY45Y4ejwfQk4taY7C7i7nr8WfgjA (ARABIC)

https://www.amnesty.fr/presse/gypte-lintensification-de-la-rpression-visant-les-? (FRANCAIS)

https://www.debate.com.mx/mundo/Egipto-arresta-a-8-vinculados-con-el-levantamiento-de-2011-20190625-0269.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.20minutos.com/noticia/156013/0/egipto-arresta-a-8-vinculados-con-el-levantamiento-de-2011/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2019/06/30/egitto-attivisti-in-manette-e-sindacati-smantellati-la-stretta-di-al-sisi-dopo-la-morte-di-giulio-regeni/5290452/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2019/06/25/egyptische-autoriteiten-arresteren-activist-zyad-elelaimy-a3964976 (NEDERLAND)

https://www.publico.pt/2019/06/25/mundo/noticia/principal-lider-protestos-2011-egipto-detido-1877590 (PORTUGUES)


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Egypt: Egyptian lawyer Amr Nohan arrested while providing legal aid

June 13, 2019

A human rights lawyer has been arrested and detained pending investigations over alleged links to a terror group, after he visited a police station in northern Egypt to provide legal assistance to a female detainee, according to a local NGO.

Amr Nohan was in the Qarmuz police station in the port city of Alexandria to “carry out his humanitarian duty” of handing out a monthly payment to a client of one of his colleagues who was not able to go that day, human rights lawyer Mahienour El-Massry said in a Facebook post on Thursday.

However, he was arrested and his whereabouts were unknown for two days until he appeared in a prosecutor’s office in Cairo on Thursday.

“On 13 June, the supreme state security prosecution decided to detain lawyer Amr Nohan for 15 days pending investigations, in the case (no.741 year 2019), on charges of joining a terrorist group. He was arrested on 10 June while doing his job at the Qarmuz police headquarters,” the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, a local NGO, said in a statement.







Innocents from the charge of “hope”

https://daamdth.org/archives/5380 (ARABIC)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/190625164139901.html (DEUTSCH)


Egypt: تجديد حبس هيثم محمدين وآخر 15 يوماً بتهمة مشاركة جماعة إرهابية


تجديد حبس هيثم محمدين وآخر 15 يوماً بتهمة مشاركة جماعة إرهابية

جددت نيابة أمن الدولة العليا، حبس هيثم محمدين ومصطفى ماهر، 15 يوما احتياطيا علي ذمة التحقيقات التي تجرى معهما بمعرفة النيابة لاتهامهما بمشاركة جماعة إرهابية مؤسسة على خلاف أحكام القانون، واستخدام مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي لنشر أخبار كاذبة.

ووجهت النيابة للمتهمين في القضية 741 لسنة 2019 حصر أمن الدولة، ارتكاب جرائم مشاركة جماعة إرهابية في تحقيق أهدافها وتلقى تمويل بغرض إرهابى، والاشتراك في اتفاق جنائي الغرض منه ارتكاب جريمة إرهابية، وتلقى تمويل والاشتراك فى اتفاق جنائي، والتجمهر واستخدام حسابات خاصة علي شبكة المعلومات الدولية بهدف ارتكاب جريمة معاقب عليها في القانون بهدف الإخلال بالنظام العام.


https://www.anhri.info/?p=8398&lang=en (ENGLISH)

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/lawyers/haytham-mohamadeen/ (ENGLISH)

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

N.B.: The detention of labour lawyer Haytham Mohamadeen has been renewed for yet another 15 days.




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