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March 9, 2018

When I lived in Egypt more than 15 years ago, I knew a gentleman who regularly ran in local elections.  He never put any work into a campaign or hoped to win office, but he ran, nonetheless, and thus gave his opponent the appearance of having real competition.

Today Egypt is preparing for a presidential election that will—like nearly all those before it—follow this same model. During the elections that will take place from March 26–28, Egyptians will have the opportunity to choose between incumbent President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Moussa Mostafa Moussa, the chairman of the Al-Ghad party who was, until the day he announced his candidacy (after every other intended candidate had withdrawn or, in the least subtle case, been arrested), actively campaigning for Sisi. The outcome, of course, is all but guaranteed.

The veneer of democracy in Egypt has always been thin, but since the rise of Sisi, only the most half-hearted effort has been made to keep up the façade.

Shortly after the mother’s arrest, Ezzat Ghoneim, the prominent human rights lawyer who was handling her case—as well as Wadnan’s—went missing as well, turning up on March 4 to be interrogated in front of the State Security Prosecution. That was a day after prosecutors requested the death penalty in a mass political trial that includes the photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as “Shawkan,” who was detained in 2013 while covering the massacre in Raba’a Square and who could now be executed for his work as a journalist.







UK/Egypt: Support for lawyer at York bookshop on women’s day

March 8, 2018

Friends of Egyptian lawyer, Azza Soliman at the Books for Amnesty Shop in Goodramgate with (l-r), Patricia Bartley , Centre for Applied Human Rights University of York and Margot Brown of Books for Amnesty  Picture Frank Dwyer.

FRIENDS of an internationally-renowned human rights lawyer have paid tribute to her in York to mark International Women’s Day.

Egyptian lawyer Azza Soliman met Patricia Bartley – from the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York – and Margot Brown of Books for Amnesty, when she lived in York in 2013.

Azza now works to defend victims of torture, arbitrary detention, domestic violence and rape in Egypt, but her actions have led her to be labelled a threat to the country’s national security. Her assets have been frozen, and she is banned from travelling.

A special window display including a portrait of Azza was put up at the Books for Amnesty shop in Goodramgate for the York International Women’s Festival, where Amnesty International Newsletters were handed out containing articles about Azza, and details of a petition to request her human rights are respected.

Sue Cooke, former Sheriff of York, said: “I was inspired by my meetings with Azza, she is a brave woman doing vital work for and with her country women, she deserves our help to continue this important work.”


https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/speak-out-for-egypt-womens-rights-defender-azza-soliman/ (SIGN THE PETITION!)





https://www.lematin.ch/loisirs/cinema/fifdh-met-femmes/story/15565493 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.diarioconstitucional.cl/noticias/actualidad-internacional/2018/03/08/amnistia-internacional-publica-nosotras-dirigimos-el-mundo-mujeres-que-defienden-nuestros-derechos/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.amnesty.nl/actueel/actie-op-internationale-vrouwendag-voor-egyptische-azza-soliman (NEDERLANDS)

https://www.hoogeveenschecourant.nl/nieuws/hoogeveen/529746/amnesty-hoogeveen-viert-internationale-vrouwendag.html (NEDERLANDS)

http://www.dordrecht.net/agenda/2018-03-08-10961-schrijfavond-amnesty-international-dordrecht.html (NEDERLANDS)

http://www.vlt.se/opinion/debatt/amnesty-stod-hotad-jamstalldhetsadvokat-i-egypten (SWEDISH)

Egypt: Lawyer: Rights lawyer Ezzat Ghoneim appears before State Security Prosecution

March 4, 2018

State Security Prosecution issued a 15-day detention order for rights lawyer Ezzat Ghoneim, pending further investigations into undisclosed charges, according to a lawyer familiar with the case.

Ghoneim’s whereabouts had been unknown since March 1, until news surfaced that the rights lawyer, who is executive director of the Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms, was interrogated at the State Security Prosecution in New Cairo early on Sunday morning.

State Security Prosecution interrogated Ghoneim on Sunday, without a lawyer present, and issued his 15-day detention order, pending the continuation of further interrogations tomorrow, according to a lawyer who spoke to Mada Masr on condition of anonymity and cited unofficial sources.

The Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms confirmed the news of Ghoneim’s appearance before State Security Prosecution in a Sunday afternoon Facebook post. According to the organization, lawyers waited for Ghoneim’s arrival outside the New Cairo State Security Prosecution office until 11 pm on Saturday evening, to no avail. The group added that the rights lawyer continues to be detained at an undisclosed location and that the charges leveled against him remain unknown.

Communication with Ghoneim was lost on March 1 and his wife reported his disappearance to the Interior Ministry and the Public Prosecutor’s office asking for his whereabouts.








https://www.amnesty.be/infos/actualites/article/egypte-l-avocat-defenseur-des-droits-humains-ezzat-ghonim-aurait-ete-victime-d (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.org/es/latest/news/2018/03/egypt-lawyer-and-human-rights-defender-ezzat-ghonim-at-risk-of-enforced-disappearance/ (ESPANOL)

5 أيام ولا يزال المحامي والحقوقي “#عزت_غنيم” قيد الاعتقال التعسفي منذ اعتقاله مساء يوم الخميس 1 مارس من محيط منزله بالهرم بالجيزة، وعلى الرغم من التحقيق معه بنيابة أمن الدولة العليا بالقاهرة، إلاّ أن السلطات الأمنية ترفض الإفصاح عن مقر احتجازه.

“عزت غنيم”، المدير التنفيذي للتنسيقية المصرية للحقوق والحريات، يسطر سطورا جديدة في ملف نضاله القانوني والحقوقي للدفاع عن الإنسان الذي كان دائما يبحث عن حقه مهما كان لونه أو معتقده أو رأيه رغبةً منه في مجتمع آمن ومطمئن.

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(التنسيقية المصرية للحقوق والحريات Facebook, 5/3/18)


Egypt: A statement for Egyptian human rights organizations: “EZzat ghoniem where are ?

March 3, 2018


The undersigned parties hold the Egyptian security authorities all the responsibility of Ghonim’s safety and demand quickly detection of his place detentions and quickly release him. And call upon all domestic and international organizations to solidarity by all possible means to guarantee the safety of Ghonim and quickly releasing him.

It’s worrisome that human rights field in Egypt is threatened after the repeated targeting of human rights defenders, in opposition of the United Nations declaration on the right and responsibility of individuals, groups and society institutions in promoting and protection of human rights.

They also have fears that enforced disappearances and other human rights violations after the systematic targeting of human rights defenders and getting them out of sight like what’s happening now with the lawyer (Ezzat Ghonim).

At last, the undersigned call upon all domestic and international organizations to demand the Egyptian authorities revealing his whereabouts, and calling them to stop arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearance policies, and creating a safe area to enable human rights defenders to do their jobs without fears for their freedom or safety.

List of organizations:



https://forcechange.com/477158/release-human-rights-activist-to-the-safety-of-his-family/ (SIGN THE PETITION!)

https://www.amnesty.org/ar/latest/news/2018/03/egypt-lawyer-and-human-rights-defender-ezzat-ghonim-at-risk-of-enforced-disappearance/ (ARABIC)

https://www.amnesty.org/fr/latest/news/2018/03/egypt-lawyer-and-human-rights-defender-ezzat-ghonim-at-risk-of-enforced-disappearance/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnistia.org/ve/noticias/2018/03/5114/egipto-posible-desaparicion-forzada-del-abogado-ezzat-ghonim (ESPANOL)

https://www.agenpress.it/notizie/2018/03/02/egitto-avvocato-difensore-dei-diritti-umani-egiziano-probabile-nuova-vittima-sparizione-forzata/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.haberturk.com/sisi-guvenlik-guclerine-hakaret-vatana-ihanete-girer-1860444 (TURKCE)

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Ezzat Ghoneim .. Shield of humanity and law and freedoms

Hours after his disappearance amid expectations of his arrest, Egyptian lawyer and Human Rights Activist Ezzat Ghneim adds new tournaments in the legal and human rights struggle for human rights, which has always sought his right regardless of his color, belief or opinion

In order to achieve a society that is safe and free from terrorism

He graduated from the Faculty of Law in 2000 and worked in the legal field as a lawyer specializing in freedom issues before administrative courts and the Council of State. He obtained a Diploma in Human Rights and Civil Society from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University.

He has been in the field of human rights since 2005 and has emerged as a human rights activist committed to legal and professional standards in his work.

Where he worked on issues of human rights in general and civil rights in particular as an independent activist and then active in some civil society organizations, until he became executive director of Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms in 2014

He did not stop his activities in human rights and legal fields, but he went to raise awareness about them. He has many contributions and writings in the field of rights and freedoms

Including the book “Human Rights between Islamic law and international covenants” and “Legal Awareness Book” in cooperation with the Foundation of Toshiba Al-araby, and recently issued a book “the legal researcher between the methodology of work and influence ways

He has also published many legal and legal studies, including the NGO Law and the Philosophy of the System, as well as a guide to dealing with human rights violations, in addition to periodic articles in several websites and electronic newspapers, as well as televised interviews with international and local media organizations.

URGENT 4/3/18

We received news that the lawyer and human rights activist “Izzat Ghneim” appeared in the Supreme State Security Prosecution at the Fifth Gathering in Cairo in the early hours of Sunday, March 4th, without the presence of any of his lawyers, despite the waiting of lawyers until 11pm on Saturday March 3 Without his presence, and his continued detention in an unknown place

The charges against him are still unknown.

(Egyptian Coordination for rights and freedoms Facebook)

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#عاجل | أنباء عن ظهور المحامي والحقوقي “عزت غنيم” بنيابة أمن الدولة العليا بالتجمع الخامس بالقاهرة، في الساعات الأولى من صباح اليوم الأحد 4 مارس؛ دون حضور أيّا من محاميه معه، رغم انتظار المحامين حتى الساعة الحادية عشر مساء أمس السبت 3 مارس دون حضوره، مع استمرار احتجازه في مكان غير معروف ولم يتم التعرف على التهم الموجهة إليه حتى الآن.


(التنسيقية المصرية للحقوق والحريات Facebook 4/3/18)




Egypt/AI: Lawyer and human rights defender Ezzat Ghonim at risk of enforced disappearance

March 2, 2018

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Responding to the overnight suspected enforced disappearance of human rights lawyer and director of the NGO Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms, Ezzat Ghonim, Amnesty International’s North Africa Campaigns Director, Najia Bounaim, said:

“Given the highly charged political climate in Egypt and the clampdown on dissent in the lead up to the presidential elections, we are deeply concerned that Ezzat Ghonim may have been forcibly disappeared.

“The Egyptian authorities have a notorious reputation for the use of enforced disappearances to silence human rights defenders and members of the opposition.  This appears to be yet another shameless attack on the right to freedom of expression and association. It is a reminder of the incredible obstacles faced by those who are striving to defend the basic rights of the Egyptian people.

“Instead of abducting those who stand up for the rights of others, the Egyptian authorities must protect these activists and facilitate their work. They must disclose any information they have about the whereabouts of Ezzat Ghonim and release him immediately if he is in state custody.”


Amnesty International spoke with the family and colleagues of Ezzat Ghonim about the circumstances of his disappearance yesterday evening. His wife has said she waited for him to return home from his office after he called her at 5:30 pm to let her know he would be home in half an hour. When he had not returned by 6:30 pm, she tried to call his cell phone repeatedly, only to find that it was not available and potentially switched off. She then called Ghonim’s colleagues and acquaintances, before calling local hospitals and police stations without gaining any further information about his whereabouts. She continued trying to reach him through the night, calling Ghonim’s cell phone several times without a response. At 1:30 am she called his cell phone again, hearing it ring for a few minutes without anyone answering. The cell phone has remained unresponsive since.













http://ecrfeg.org/ar/2018/03/02/%D8%A8%D9%8A%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%85%D9%86-%D9%A1%D9%A5-%D9%85%D9%86%D8%B8%D9%85%D8%A9-%D8%AD%D9%82%D9%88%D9%82%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D9%88%D8%B4%D8%AE%D8%B5%D9%8A%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%A9-%D8%B9/ (ARABIC)

https://www.amnesty.org/ar/latest/news/2018/03/egypt-lawyer-and-human-rights-defender-ezzat-ghonim-at-risk-of-enforced-disappearance/ (ARABIC)

https://www.amnesty.org/fr/latest/news/2018/03/egypt-lawyer-and-human-rights-defender-ezzat-ghonim-at-risk-of-enforced-disappearance/ (FRANCAIS)

http://humanitaire.niooz.fr/egypte-l-avocat-defenseur-des-droits-humains-ezzat-ghonim-aurait-ete-victime-d-une-disparition-forcee-23913540.shtml (FRANCAIS)

https://www.agenpress.it/notizie/2018/03/02/egitto-avvocato-difensore-dei-diritti-umani-egiziano-probabile-nuova-vittima-sparizione-forzata/ (ITALIANO)


Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: SOLIDARITY WITH LAWYERS AT RISK

January 24, 2018

British Council

On the 8th international Day of the Endangered Lawyer, the Bar Council and the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) together with lawyers’ organisations in Europe and around the world, stand in solidarity with those lawyers in Egypt who face persecution in furtherance of the protection of the rule of law. This is also the day to remember lawyers at risk across the world.

For the protection these lawyers afford to others, they are often watched, tracked, falsely prosecuted, deprived of their liberty, or even killed. Each of those instances is a serious threat not only to those lawyers, but to the meaningful protection of the rights they seek to defend.


For 2018, the Day of the Endangered Lawyer is focused on Egypt, in light of widespread credible reports  from human rights organisations that Egyptian authorities are “rapidly taking concrete steps to shut down the last critical voices in the country’s human rights community.”

Since 2013, fundamental human rights, including the right to a fair trial and freedom of expression and assembly, have been diminished on an ongoing basis by broad security legislation. In the last two years, there has been an increase in the number of arrests of lawyers who provide counsel and representation to human rights defenders, many of whom face extended pre-trial detention without a reasoned decision for refusing conditional release. There are widespread reports from international organisations that those in detention are at risk of torture and degrading treatment.

Kirsty Brimelow QC, Chair of BHRC, said:












http://etudebatkayudi.com/24-janvier-2018-8e-journee-de-lavocat-danger-manifestez-soutien-aux-avocats-egyptiens/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.icab.es/?go=eaf9d1a0ec5f1dc58757ad6cffdacedb1a58854a600312cccabe27fca69cffc337d55782188395e58ef1ac8cc02e56546968d89db4130f0d2156b6d608f41cd8 (ESPANOL)

http://www.advokatbladet.no/2018/01/trusler-mot-advokater-i-egypt-markeres-i-dag/ (NORWEGIAN)

https://fagpressenytt.no/artikkel/trusler-mot-advokater-i-egypt-markeres-i-dag (NORWEGIAN)

http://acddh.cat/2018/01/dia-de-ladvocat-amenacat-egipte/ (CATALON)

http://kirp.pl/24-stycznia-dzien-zagrozonego-prawnika-egipt/ (POLISH)

http://www.dsa.gr/%CE%BD%CE%AD%CE%B1/%CE%B4%CF%81%CE%B1%CF%83%CF%84%CE%B7%CF%81%CE%B9%CF%8C%CF%84%CE%B7%CF%84%CE%B5%CF%82-idhae/%CE%B7-%CE%B7%CE%BC%CE%AD%CF%81%CE%B1-%CE%B4%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%B7%CE%B3%CF%8C%CF%81%CE%BF%CF%85-%CF%83%CE%B5-%CE%BA%CE%AF%CE%BD%CE%B4%CF%85%CE%BD%CE%BF-%CE%B3%CE%B9%CE%B1-%CF%84%CE%BF-%CE%AD%CF%84%CE%BF%CF%82-2018-%CE%B7-%CE%BA%CE%B1%CF%84%CE%AC%CF%83%CF%84%CE%B1%CF%83%CE%B7-%CF%84%CF%89%CE%BD-%CE%B4%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%B1%CE%B9%CF%89%CE%BC%CE%AC%CF%84%CF%89%CE%BD-%CF%84 (GREEK)

http://www.coolloud.org.tw/node/90140 (CHINESE)


Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: SCC honorary chairman appointed to CRCICA board

February 9, 2018



One aspect of the changing market for legal services relates to relations between government and civil society groups and lawyers, showing.  Egypt is not without its problems, particularly for lawyers practicing in Egypt.

Some Egyptian lawyers have been denied the rights to a fair trial and freedom of expression and assembly because of broad security legislation passed since 2013, as well as facing travel bans and prosecution for carrying out their professional duties, in support of human rights.

On 24 January 2018, the International Day of the Endangered Lawyer, which focuses on the rule of law issues in the legal profession internationally, was dedicated to Egypt. The American Bar Association (ABA) and both the English and Welsh legal representative bodies, as well as a consortium of international lawyers, spoke out, calling for the role of lawyers and the rule of law to be respected in the country.

In a statement released local time, ABA president Hillary Bass said that lawyers should be able “to work without intimidation, harassment or improper interference and to ensure that they are adequately safeguarded when their security is threatened”, citing United Nations principles justifying such protection. Those taking comfort from Franke’s appointment will hope that Egypt addresses those concerns, as well as promoting its ability to resolve those of investors.