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Day of the Endangered Lawyer: EGYPT January 24, 2018

December 13, 2017

Day of the Endangered Lawyer


This year, for the 8th celebration of the Day of the Endangered Lawyer, we hereby invite you and your organization to take part once again!  In 2017, the Day of the Endangered Lawyer was a huge success.  It was celebrated or given attention to in 27 cities in nearly all continents of the world: Europe, North and South-America, Asia and Australia.

In 2018, the focus will be on the very difficult situation that lawyers in Egypt are in.  Attached you find various reports, made by ELDH for January 2017 (they will be updated) and by Amnesty International from last summer.  During the last few years, lawyers in Egypt have been increasingly persecuted.  They have been arrested, maltreated, jailed, or simply disappeared.  In the attached reports you will find more information.

We request all lawyers organizations and bar associations who have supported us during the last couple of years to support this choice for Egypt.  Also, several new organizations have contacted us and are willing to take part in the Day of the Endangered Lawyer.  Please inform us a.s.a.p. what manifestation or action will be done in your city or country and who will be its coordinator, so we can be in touch.

The next Day of the Endangered lawyer on the 24th of January 2018 will be supported again by the following organizations:

IDHAE                                                                                                 http://www.idhae.org/

Le CNB-OIAD                                                                                   https://www.cnb.avocat.fr/

Le CCBE                                                                                              http://www.ccbe.eu/fr/

L’UIA                                                                                                   https://uia.org/

Avvocati Minacciati                                                                       https://endangeredlawyers.org/

Lawyers for lawyers                                                     http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/

Observatoire internationale des avocats en danger       https://oiadblog.wordpress.com/

Many BAR association and lawyers organisation              https://www.ibanet.org/

The international coordination is in the hands of foundation day of the endangered lawyer supported by IAPL, ELDH en AED:

  • Stuart Russell, Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers/Comité de surveillance des attaques contre les avocats

International Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) http://www.iapl.net/

Blog: https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IAPL-International-Association-of-Peoples-Lawyers-803546399693677/?fref=ts


  • Robert Sabata i Gripekoven, advocat in Barcelona.

Secretary general of the European democratic lawyers federation.

Mobile: 619 30 43 77

Fax: 93 457 83 58


Phone: 0049-211444001


  • Florence de La Pradelle, Avocat au Barreau de Bruxelles.

AED commission defense for the defense.

Mobile : 0496 62 74 85


and president of the Dutch League for Human Rights.

Phone: 0031-235318657, Mobile: 0031-652055043

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dag-van-de-Bedreigde-Advocaat-Day-of-the-Endangered-Lawyer-1005246816248557/


For more information:


https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/tag/egypt/ (POSTS ABOUT EGYPT)

Report on the Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2017 Egypt

Flyer how to support the Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2018

Brief History Day of the Endangered Lawyer


Egypt’s Civil Society Is on Life Support

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Egypt: Nubian human rights defenders on trial for peacefully protesting

December 11, 2017

Front Line Defenders

Front Line Defenders strongly condemns the ongoing persecution of Nubian human rights defenders in Egypt, 32 of whom will face trial on 12 December on charges of inciting protest, disruption of public order, and participating in an unauthorized demonstration. Following the arrest of dozens of Nubian activists in September and October 2017, one of the detained human rights defenders, Gamal Sorour, died due to medical negligence in Aswan Prison on 5 November.

The Nubian people are indigenous to present-day Sudan and Egypt. In the Aswan region, they have been subjected to land expropriation and forced displacement by the Egyptian government, and face cultural marginalisation and racial discrimination across the country. By 1970, more than 50,000 Nubians had been forcibly relocated away from their homes on the Nile, having lost their houses, their farms, and their livelihoods. The Egyptian government has targeted Nubian human rights defenders leading the community’s peaceful struggle to return to their land.

Activists on Trial

In an attempt to silence the Nubian peoples’ peaceful and legitimate demands, the Egyptian government is targetting human rights defenders leading the cause.

Mohamed Azmy is a lawyer and human rights defender and former President of the General Nubian Union, based in Aswan. He advocates for land rights of Nubian people and fair resettlement in their historical homeland in the south of Egypt. The General Nubian Union in Aswan is a movement active in promoting the right to return of the Nubian community to their ancestral land since their forced displacement as a result of various government-led projects such as the construction of the Aswan High Dam in the 1960s.



Egypt/Turkey: Human rights advocates under threat worldwide

December 10, 2017

Mohamed Zaree (picture alliance/AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

“It’s very difficult trying to hide where I’m going from my kids, and trying to make my mom feel that everything will be fine – with them knowing I’m lying,” Egyptian human rights lawyer Mohamed Zaree, looking visibly tense, told a TV reporter on May 23, 2017, one day prior to his court hearing in Cairo. The authorities have alleged that Zaree represents a security threat and that he has tarnished his country’s reputation.

“These charges could put me in jail for 25 years,” Zaree explained. And added: “My kids will grow up without me. I’m concerned about all of this; there are so many things on my mind.”

The following day, Zaree was released on bail. But the charges against him have not been dropped. During his time as the Egypt office director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Mohamed Zaree co-authored a 2014 report on the country’s human rights situation. UN member states are expected to regularly produce such “Universal Periodic Reviews” and submit them to the United Nations Human Rights Council to help assess human rights situations in each country.

Protective human rights awards

This year, Mohamed Zaree won the Martin Ennals Award — a prize that is sometimes referred to as the “Nobel Prize for human rights”.



IDHAE: Free the Lawyers now!

December 9, 2017

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Protecting #humanrights for all is essential to maintaining international peace On this Human Rights Day ask for the release of these heroes who are advancing human rights in #SaudiaArabia , in#Egypt , in #Turkey in #UAE#StandUp4HumanRights#
Free the Lawyers now !

(L’Observatoire IDHAE Facebook)


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Activists in Egypt, like Mahienour and many others, are facing trial based on the Protest Law as well as the Assembly Law.
The latter has been put together in the year 1914 during the British Colonialism. It criminalises “an assembly that constitutes of more than 5 people, which shall risk the general peace…”

A law that was issued more than 100 years ago is the tool that is used to crack upon human rights activists.


(الحرية لماهينور – Free Mahienour Facebook)

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Today we received this by mail
Actually all most everyone in Sweden received it too
It’s says “that’s happening in Egypt now”
With numbers and facts about women rights in Egypt by Azza Soliman


Egypt/Honduras: These 6 gender activists are shaking up the world

December 8, 2017


Space for the feminist movement is shrinking. Gender activists face double layers of restrictions compared to their male counter-parts because they are challenging patriarchal systems. These brave women and non-binary activists continue to fight for equality despite facing repression from not only governments and religious or militant groups, but also from within their own homes and communities.

They are targets of microaggression, rape and death threats, online harassment and intimidation. Sadly, too often, the threats are not idel and gender activists are arrested, murdered or face sexual violence. To commemorate the International Day for Women Human Rights Defenders on 29 November, we interviewed six dedicated gender activists – from the Philippines, United States, Poland, Egypt, Zimbabwe and Honduras – who are shaking up the world.


Azza Soliman, Egypt

Photo: Rene Clement. Some rights reserved.Women’s rights lawyer and founder of the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance, Azza Soliman, is facing some of the most severe restrictions one can face as a women human rights defender. After twenty years of supporting survivors of domestic violence in Egypt with legal assistance, she is accused of receiving foreign funding for activities against national interest. If convicted she could face life in jail. Azza’s bank account has been frozen and she is banned from leaving Egypt while waiting for the verdict from the court.

“Government media is accusing me of not being a proper Muslim woman because I’m divorced and I don’t wear a head scarf. They try to attack my personality. Now, I am scared to walk in the street because the defamation is an indirect invitation for people to attack me.”

In spite of these immense difficulties, Azza has managed to fight back. She prioritises self-care through therapy and has also taken actions against the restrictions. “I am running a case against the British bank in Egypt that froze my account and also the World Bank because it supports this bank financially in Egypt. I continue fighting with the support from local communities in Egypt and all the solidarity messages I receive from all over the world. It is good to know that I am not alone in this.”


Egypt: Prominent Egyptian lawyer wins human rights prize

December 7, 2017

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 file photo, Egyptian lawyer Ragia Omran speaks on her mobile phone after a trial session of activists facing charges on organizing unauthorized protests, at a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt. Omran won a European prize for her work representing political prisoners and torture victims as well as advocating for women's rights. She was chosen from among 15 rights defenders from around the world to receive the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

A prominent Egyptian human rights lawyer has won a European prize for her work representing political prisoners and torture victims as well as advocating for women’s rights.

Ragia Omran was chosen from among 15 rights defenders from around the world to receive the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law. The German and French embassies in Cairo announced the award earlier this week, and will present it to Omran on Dec. 10.

Several Egyptian rights activists have been recognized in recent months for their work amid an unprecedented crackdown on dissent.

Since the military overthrew an elected Islamist president in 2013, Egypt has jailed tens of thousands of dissidents, banned all unauthorized protests, restricted civil society groups and blocked hundreds of websites.











http://nwrcegypt.org/%D8%AE%D8%B7%D8%A7%D8%A8-%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%AC%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D8%B9%D9%85%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A3%D8%AB%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%A1-%D8%A5%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%A6%D8%B2%D8%A9/ (ARABIC)

http://www.eldiario.es/politica/ecuatoriano-ganadores-franco-aleman-derechos-humanos_0_717778239.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.dw.com/es/premio-franco-alem%C3%A1n-para-activistas-latinoamericanos/a-41751294 (ESPANOL)

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Ragia Omran  receives the Franco German prize for human rights and rule of law from the German and French ambassadors to Egypt


Egypt: Immediately Release Lawyer Mahienour El-Massry | Joint Letter

December 5, 2017

L4L and LRWC are calling for the immediate release of prominent human rights lawyer Ms. Mahienour El-Massry, who was arrested on 18 November 2017 and has been transferred to a prison in Cairo far from her home base. Ms el-Massry faces illegitimate charges of participating in an unauthorized protest, insulting the President and thuggery for allegedly being at a protest. Ms el-Massry is known as an outstanding advocate for judicial independence and the rights of women, prisoners and workers. She has been the target of arbitrary detention and false prosecutions for a number of years.

Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L) is an independent and non-political Dutch foundation that seeks to promote the proper functioning of the rule of law by pursuing freedom and independence of the legal profession. L4L was granted Special Consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council in July 2013.

Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is a committee of lawyers and other human rights defenders who promote international human rights and the rule of law through advocacy, education and legal research. LRWC is a volunteer-run NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

We are extremely concerned about our Egyptian colleague and human rights lawyer Ms. Mahienour El-Massry.

According to our information, on 18 November 2017 Ms. El-Massry attended a session of the misdemeanour court in Alexandria in relation to her alleged participation in a protest against the government’s transfer of the Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia in June 2016. The court postponed the case until 30 December 2017, and also ordered the two defendants that were present, Ms. El-Massry and Mr. Moatasem Medhat, to remain in custody pending trial. The case also concerns human rights lawyer Asmaa Naeem, lawyer Waleed El Ammary and Zeyad Abou Fadl. The five of them are accused of “participating in an unauthorized protest”, “insulting the President” and thuggery.

Ms. El-Massry is a prominent human rights lawyer known for her activism in favour of judicial independence and the rights of prisoners, workers, and women.