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Egypt: Ragia Omran: Tirelessly pursuing human rights with one foot in corporate law

December 19, 2017

In December, lawyer Ragia Omran was one of 15 rights defenders from around the world to receive the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law. She was also awarded the Robert F. Kennedy award for human rights in 2013.

At the award ceremony for the Franco-German Prize, held at the German Embassy in Cairo, a feisty Omran said, “Some people speak about the hypocritical nature of politics, but I don’t use such language. I am a pragmatic person, but it is not pragmatic to sell arms to warring factions in countries mired in terrible conflicts where children are dying and then support a human rights investigation at the same time. It is counterproductive to give a human rights award but be selective about rights, to talk the talk, but not walk the walk.”

Omran, who comes from an affluent background, has been entrenched in the human rights movement in Egypt for two decades, mostly as a volunteer, while simultaneously maintaining a practice in corporate law. Mada Masr sat with her for an hour as she reflected on these different aspects of her life.

Mada Masr: You have a career in corporate law, while being extremely engaged in human rights. How did this happen?

https://www.madamasr.com/en/2017/12/19/feature/politics/ragia-omran-tirelessly-pursuing-human-rights-with-one-foot-in-corporate-law/

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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.

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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

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Egypt: Human rights lawyer Ragia Omran receives Franco-German Prize for Human Rights & the Rule of Law

December 4, 2017

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At the Franco-German Council of Ministers in April 2016, Germany and France announced the launch of an annual international Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law.

In 2017, the prize is being awarded for the second time to committed human rights defenders from around the world who have done outstanding work in their respective countries to uphold human rights and the rule of law. All prize winners will receive a diploma and a medal designed by artist Anna Martha Napp that was chosen by a Franco-German jury. The medal symbolises their active commitment to the defence of human rights.

Here is a list of the 15 prize winners:

  • M. Adilur Rahman Kahn (Bangladesh) ;
  • M. Nounongnon Balbylas Gbaguidi (Bénin) ;
  • Mme Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga (Bolivie) ;
  • Mme Ragia Omran (Egypte) ;
  • M. César Ricaurte (Equateur) ;
  • M. Abdullah Al Khonaini (Koweit) ;
  • M. Bekim Asani (Macédoine) ;
  • Mme Mandira Sharma (Népal) ;
  • Mme Grace Osakue (Nigéria) ;
  • Mme Rosemarie Trajano (Philippines) ;
  • Mme Elena Milashina (Russie) ;
  • Mme Shreen Abdul Saroor (Sri Lanka) ;
  • M. Kerem Altiparmak (Turquie) ;
  • M. Pavlo Lysianskyi (Ukraine) ;
  • Mme Liliana Ortega Mendoza (Venezuela).

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/germany/events/article/franco-german-prize-for-human-rights-and-the-rule-of-law-04-12-17

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/dossier_de_presse_-_laureat_prix_2017_cle02f241.pdf

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

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