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Iraq: Rights lawyer Ali Jaseb Hattab Al Heliji disappeared since arrest in Amarah on October 8, 2019

08/10/21

On October 8, 2019, human rights lawyer Ali Jaseb Hattab Al Heliji went to the southern city of Amarah to meet one of his clients. However, shortly after arriving at the rendezvous point, he was arrested by members of the Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU). As a lawyer, Al Heliji had represented several demonstrators arrested in connection with the anti-government October demonstrations. On March 10, 2021, his father was assasinated in the city of Amarah.

Ali Jaseb Hattab Al Heliji is a human rights lawyer representing demonstrators arrested in connection with the recent anti-government demonstrations. On October 1, 2019, protests started in Baghdad and southern cities calling for improved services and more action to curb corruption. The demonstrations were met by excessive and unnecessary lethal force by Iraqi security forces and have resulted in a hundred people killed and about 4000 injured.

On October 6, 2019, two armed men from the PMU came to Ali Jaseb Hattab’s home to warn him from speaking out on Facebook about the killing of protesters and to stop accusing certain factions of the PMU of being responsible for these killings. The armed men then threatened Ali Jaseb Hattab that they would kill him if he did not stop.

On October 8, 2019, Ali Jaseb Hattab received a call from one of his clients who wanted to meet. The two men were supposed to meet in the southern city of Amara in the Missan province. However, when Al Heliji arrived at the rendezvous point, armed men in two black pick-up trucks belonging to the Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU) dragged him away from his car, where he stood speaking to his client, and then drove him away in one of the trucks. When Ali Jaseb Hattab’s relatives reported his abduction, local security forces told them that they were not aware of his arrest. His fate and whereabouts remain unknown to date.

On March 10, 2021, Ali Jaseb Hattab’s father, Jaseb Hattab Al Heliji, was shot dead in the city of Amarah, in the Iraqi governorate of Maysan. He was a vocal advocate for his son, constantly calling for his release and for criminal sanctions against the parties responsible for his disappearance.

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https://www.menarights.org/en/caseprofile/human-rights-lawyer-ali-jasib-hattab-al-heliji-disappeared-arrest-amarah-october-8-2019

https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/2636

https://www.amnesty.de/mitmachen/urgent-action/irak-menschenrechtsanwalt-weiterhin-verschwunden-2020-11-06 (DEUTSCH)

Afghanistan’s female judges desperate to flee death threats and retaliation

30/08/21

Afghans, hoping to leave Afghanistan, walk through the main entrance gate of Kabul airport in Kabul on August 28, 2021, following the Taliban stunning military takeover of Afghanistan.

“It was the most horrible experience I could ever have in my life. I experienced things I would never imagine seeing in my life.” — Afghan judge on trying to flee Kabul

Afghanistan’s female judges did what is anathema to the Taliban: They dared sit in judgment of men, holding them accountable for their actions and often sentencing them to long prison terms.

Death threats were frequent and, in January, despite the American troops’ presence, two women on the Supreme Court were assassinated.

Now, these fearless judges are being hunted by the Taliban and their fates have fallen mainly to international colleagues to sort out.

“It was the most horrible experience I could ever have in my life,” said one judge in describing her a harrowing escape from Kabul only a few days ago. “I experienced things I would never imagine seeing in my life.”

Of the 270 female justices, she was one of the lucky 20 who the International Association of Women Judges has rescued since the Taliban took control of the country, opened the jails, closed the courts and warned women to stay at home.

“We had some food and water but we ended up wandering from this gate to another for three days and two nights without food,” the judge said.

“Through this mayhem, we had to deal with gunfire all the time and the tear gas. That (tear gas) was the hardest thing for everyone. We couldn’t breath, we couldn’t see anything then with all of this (we) go this gate, other and another still not knowing if could go through or not or whether we could make it. We just kept going through the gates.”

The judge spoke Monday through a translator on the condition that no name be used, not her own or a pseudonym. She’s in hiding in an undisclosed country, waiting to find out where she and her family might be resettled.

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https://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/daphne-bramham-afghans-female-judges-desperate-to-flee-death-threats-and-retaliation

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/afghan-women-judges-rescue/2021/08/28/ccd94798-075c-11ec-a654-900a78538242_story.html

https://www.nzbar.org.nz/news/twentyeight-women-queens-counsel-join-international-attempts-seek-safety-afgan-judges

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2021/08/30/dont-forget-the-women-and-girls-of-afghanistan.html

https://ksusentinel.com/2021/08/28/prosecutors-office-calls-for-brazil-to-welcome-afghan-judges-and-other-refugees-from-the-country-28-08-2021-world/

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The Philippines: ‘Lawyers should strike’ to demand Supreme Court actions vs abuses

09/03/21

Lawyers seek SC intervention on attacts on colleagues, activists

The legal profession is now faced with an ‘existential crisis,’ says Professor Tony La Viña

Lawyers should now go on strike to demand concrete actions from the government, particularly the Supreme Court, to address killings in the legal profession and other abuses, a human rights lawyer said on Tuesday, March 9.

“We shall all actually go on strike and I am willing to do that,” lawyer Evalyn Ursua said in a news conference on Tuesday hosted by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).

The conference featured the counsels of anti-terror law petitioners, with a statement signed by former Supreme Court justices Antonio Carpio and Conchita Carpio Morales. (Carpio and Carpio Morales were not in the conference.)

“We call on all members of the legal profession to condemn the continuing attacks against lawyers and judges, including attacks against petitioners and their counsel in the ATA petitions,” said the statement.

“We urge members of the legal profession and various law groups to launch a more active response to these attacks including complaints in United Nations (UN) mechanisms against these attacks,” the statement added.

Rappler has tallied at least 56 lawyers killed since President Rodrigo Duterte took office, but some groups such as the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) has pegged the number at 61.

Ursua said that in the ’80s, there were only a few killings yet there were already calls for stronger actions.

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https://www.rappler.com/nation/lawyers-should-strike-demand-supreme-court-actions-abuses

https://verafiles.org/articles/lawyers-seek-sc-intervention-attacks-colleagues-activists

https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2021/3/9/supreme-court-anti-terrorism-act-attacks-petitioners-lawyers.html

https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/03/10/philippines-killings-highlight-need-international-action

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/03/09/2083119/time-transform-outrage-courage-constitution-framer-says

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

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Burma/UK: Arbitrary arrest, detention and alleged enforced disappearance of lawyers in Myanmar

05/03/21

Myanmar Protests

Who we wrote to

We wrote to the Ambassador of Myanmar in the United Kingdom

What’s the issue

We’re concerned about the military coup that took place in Myanmar and the violent repression of protesters, including through the firing of live ammunition which has resulted in numerous casualties.

These actions represent serious human rights abuses. We’re also alarmed by accounts of arbitrary arrests and detentions, as well as alleged enforced disappearances of lawyers.

We’re also alarmed about reports of ongoing intimidation and harassment of lawyers, as well as lawyers being prevented from providing legal assistance to detained protesters.

These actions deprive the citizens of Myanmar of their access to justice, violate international fair trial guarantees – including the right to have legal representation of one’s own choosing – and the principle of independence of the legal profession. These rights and principles are cornerstones of the rule of law and must be upheld.

We’re particularly concerned about the following cases:

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https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/campaigns/international-rule-of-law/intervention-letters/arrest-and-detention-of-lawyers-in-myanmar

https://www.irishlegal.com/article/law-societies-condemn-myanmar-military-coup

https://www.jurist.org/news/2021/03/myanmar-concern-grows-for-lawyers-and-law-students-arbitrarily-detained-after-military-coup/

Click to access EN_HRL_20210305_Myanmar_Situation-in-Myanmar-lawyers-under-threats.pdf

https://aappb.org/?lang=en

https://www.democracynow.org/2021/3/4/headlines/at_least_38_killed_in_burma_in_deadliest_day_of_anti_coup_protests

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The Philippines: Philippine critics in firing line of anti-communist misinformation war

25/02/21

"Red-tagging is like an order to kill," says Philippine lawmaker Sarah Elago

Philippine lawmaker Sarah Elago faces a daily barrage of Facebook posts linking her to communist rebels trying to overthrow the government. She says the claims are false, but they could get her killed anyway.

A torrent of misinformation on the social media platform has put activists, journalists, politicians and lawyers in the firing line as President Rodrigo Duterte’s government and military out alleged supporters of a decades-old Maoist insurgency.

Facebook’s reach into the smartphones used by millions of Filipinos has made it a powerful weapon in amplifying the accusations — known locally as “red-tagging” — which critics say are part of a broader effort to silence dissent.

“Red-tagging is like an order to kill,” said Elago, an outspoken Duterte critic who watches her back in public for fear of being physically attacked.

In the past year her name has appeared in more than 14,000 public posts on Facebook that also mention the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the communist party, according to data from social media monitoring platform CrowdTangle.

AFP’s Fact Check team has debunked many of them, including one post on a pro-government page called “Duterte Fact News”, which has more than 34,000 followers.

The post shows Elago in a police mugshot holding a charge card that accuses her of recruiting rebel fighters. AFP found the photo had been manipulated.

It was shared hundreds of times and drew comments calling for Elago to be killed or raped.

The most viral posts targeting Elago, generating tens of thousands of shares, were on the official page of Duterte’s National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.

Hundreds of others have been posted on Facebook pages claiming to be the official accounts of police stations across the country.

Red-tagging is not new in the Philippines. But rights groups say it has intensified under Duterte, whose brutal drug war and controversial anti-terrorism law have sown fear.

Hundreds of activists, journalists and lawyers have been killed since he was swept to power in 2016. Many died after being red-tagged, rights groups say.

“It is pretty much open season for anybody who criticises the government, the military or the policies,” said Carlos Conde of Human Rights Watch.

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https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210225-philippine-critics-in-firing-line-of-anti-communist-misinformation-war

https://www.rfi.fr/en/business-and-tech/20210225-philippine-critics-in-firing-line-of-anti-communist-misinformation-war

https://www.rappler.com/nation/human-rights-groups-statements-doj-report-drug-war-police

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/02/24/2080190/pnp-failed-follow-protocols-many-drug-operations-guevarra-tells-un-rights-body

Philippines: UN experts urge release of Senator Leila De Lima after four years in pre-trial detentionon Febbraio 24, 2021 at 12:00 am on Febbraio 24, 2021 at 12:00 am on Febbraio 24, 2021 at 12:00 am RSS ALL News

https://www.amnesty.org/fr/documents/ASA35/3744/2021/fr/

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2021/02/21/2079231/doj-chief-de-lima-conviction-inevitable

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Burma: More on Myanmar arrests: ‘Right now, they’re targeting the lawyers’

11/02/21

More on Myanmar arrests: ‘Right now, they’re targeting the lawyers’

JURIST EXCLUSIVE – One of our law student correspondents in Myanmar sends this update on the latest arrests of protesters and dissidents opposed to the new military government that seized power in the country in the February 1 coup:

Right now, they’re targeting the lawyers.

Dr. Ye Lwin (now former mayor of Mandalay city) is my [relationship redacted]. He’s now being chased too. Her father is also a very active NLD [National League for Democracy, the former Myanmar ruling party chaired by Aung San Suu Kyi] supporter so her whole family is very worried. Her grandfather (an author) was also a political prisoner and was released only when we were in [institutional affiliation redacted] (he was in jail for more than 10 years).

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https://www.jurist.org/news/2021/02/more-on-myanmar-arrests-right-now-theyre-targeting-the-lawyers/

https://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-un-rights-body-spotlights-human-rights-violations/a-56547382

https://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-protesters-march-for-sixth-consecutive-day/a-56530731

https://apnews.com/article/myanmar-coup-protests-updates-9408933976f3e63103627cff2eed8236

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/RC-9-2021-0116_EN.html

https://www.ohchr.org/en/newsevents/pages/media.aspx

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/sweeping-arrests-02122021192419.html

https://burmese.voanews.com/a/myanmar-un-comment-on-the-military-coup-/5776490.html (BURMESE)

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China: Free Journalists, Activists

26/12/20

维权网: 中国人权律师团成立五周年征文启事

The Chinese authorities have stepped-up arbitrary detentions of journalists and activists reporting on the Covid-19 pandemic and other issues, or criticizing the government, Human Rights Watch said today.

Since the beginning of December 2020, the authorities have carried out new detentions of journalists and activists without providing any credible information to suggest that these individuals have committed legally recognizable offenses. They should drop all baseless charges and immediately and unconditionally release those wrongfully held.

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A year later, the prominent human rights lawyers Xu Zhiyong and Ding Jiaxi remain in detention facing charges of “inciting subversion.” The authorities detained Chang Weiping, another lawyer, again in October after releasing him in January. He has been held under “residential surveillance” at an unknown location, a form of enforced disappearance in which police can hold individuals in undisclosed locations for up to six months. Other participants including Zhang Zhongshun, Dai Zhenya, Li Yingjun, and Chen Jiaping have been released on bail.

“The slew of detentions of those who speak out will only further impede the flow of information about the situation in China,” Wang said. “Governments around the world should press Beijing to release wrongfully detained journalists and activists immediately.”

https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/12/26/china-free-journalists-activists

https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/12/1080242

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/political-security-12252020162439.html

https://williamyang-35700.medium.com/beijing-cracks-down-on-family-members-of-detained-chinese-dissidents-one-year-after-the-mass-290037c2eb6e

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xu_Zhiyong#:~:text=Xu%20Zhiyong%20(Chinese%3A%20%E8%AE%B8%E5%BF%97%E6%B0%B8%3B,China%20who%20helped%20those%20underprivileged.

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/concerns-12022020112915.html

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/chang-weiping#:~:text=Chang%20Weiping%20(%E5%B8%B8%E7%8E%AE%E5%B9%B3)%20is%20a%20human%20rights%20lawyer,gender%20identity%20and%20sexual%20orientation.

https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1565864-20201217.htm

https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/90909/china-statement-spokesperson-detention-human-rights-lawyer-li-yuhan_en

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/political-security-12252020162439.html

https://www.chrlawyers.hk/en

China: On Human Rights Day human rights lawyers confined at home

10/12/20

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China is confining human rights activists and their relatives at home on the United Nations’ Human Rights Day on Thursday.

Reports say officials went to the home of Wang Quanzhang in Beijing on Wednesday morning to announce the restriction. Wang had worked as human rights lawyer and been in prison until April.

Reports also say official visited Yu Wensheng’s home in Beijing on Wednesday and conveyed the restriction order to his wife. Yu was given a four-year prison term in June.

Wang and Yu were detained as they worked as human rights lawyers.

The authorities apparently want to prevent them and their family from voicing criticism of the government on Human Rights Day.

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https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20201210_03/

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/arrest-12102020113601.html

https://hk.appledaily.com/news/20201209/6MESKIK6ONACRPEQETJEP2GUXE/

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

https://onu.delegfrance.org/human-rights-day

https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2020/12/09/declaration-by-the-high-representative-on-behalf-of-the-eu-on-human-rights-day-10-december-2020/

https://www.whitecase.com/publications/alert/eu-marks-human-rights-day-new-global-human-rights-sanctions-regime

https://english.jagran.com/lifestyle/human-rights-day-2020-know-why-we-observe-this-day-on-december10-10020929

https://www.dw.com/zh/%E4%B8%96%E7%95%8C%E4%BA%BA%E6%9D%83%E6%97%A5%E5%89%8D%E5%A4%95-%E5%A4%9A%E5%90%8D%E4%B8%AD%E5%9B%BD%E7%BB%B4%E6%9D%83%E5%BE%8B%E5%B8%88%E9%81%AD%E9%99%90%E5%88%B6%E5%87%BA%E9%97%A8/a-55877509 (MANDARIN)

https://www.thestandnews.com/china/%E4%B8%96%E7%95%8C%E4%BA%BA%E6%AC%8A%E6%97%A5%E5%9C%A8%E5%8D%B3-%E5%A4%9A%E5%90%8D%E7%B6%AD%E6%AC%8A%E5%BE%8B%E5%B8%AB%E5%AE%B6%E5%B1%AC%E8%A2%AB%E5%A0%B5%E9%96%80%E7%A6%81%E8%B6%B3-%E6%9D%8E%E6%96%87%E8%B6%B3%E5%B8%B6%E5%AE%B6%E4%BA%BA%E8%B5%B4%E9%86%AB%E9%99%A2%E5%8F%97%E9%98%BB/

https://www.linfo.re/la-reunion/societe/journee-internationale-des-droits-de-l-homme-reconstruire-en-mieux (FRANCAIS)

Egypt: Mohammed Al-Baqir: The imprisoned lawyer who turned into a symbol of justice

October 22, 2019

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While the prominent human rights lawyer Mohammad Al-Baqir was attending investigations atthe supreme state security prosecution with the political activist Alaa Abd al-Fattah at the end of September, he was surprised that the prosecution ordered that he be detained and informed him that he is wanted under the same case.

The prosecution accused Al-Baqir of “belonging to a terrorist group, financing terrorism, spreading false news that undermines national security,” and then ordered his preventive detention. After that, he wastransferred blindfolded to al-Aqrab Prison, the prison with the worst reputation in Egypt.

Al-Baqir was physically and verbally abused, hisbasic rights were violated from the moment he entered prison. He was forced to walk while bending his back, showered by insults and abuse. He was stripped of all his belongings, even his personal hygiene items. They put on his prison clothes while he was blindfolded and he was driven to a cell while not being allowed to shower or change his underclothes for nine days. The prison administration also refused al-Baqir’s request to see the prison doctor and prevented him from buying clean food or water, his wife said.

The prosecution delayed the decision on a request made by Al-Baqir’s lawyer to enable him to visit his ill father, who was in intensive care. He died before seeing his son, but al-Baqir was allowed to attend the funeral.

Why al-Baqir?

Egyptian authorities are currently carrying out a systematic campaign targeting human rights lawyers who took on the mission of defending those arrested after the demonstrations of September 20, that demanded the toppling of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi’s regime and accused it of corruption. Among the most prominent that have been arrested along with al-Baqir are Mahienour el-Massry, and Amr Imam.

Mohammed Al-Baqir: The imprisoned lawyer who turned into a symbol of justice

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-rights-un/u-n-rights-office-urges-egypt-to-free-lawyers-activist-idUSKBN1WX1JZ

http://www.ishr.ch/news/egypt-let-human-rights-defenders-work-better-future

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/egypt-arbitrary-detention-and-judicial-harassment-of-amr-imam

https://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/egypt/2019/10/d25561/

IFEX strongly condemns violent crackdown against Egyptian rights defenders

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/arrest-mohamed-el-baqer

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/RC-9-2019-0138_EN.html

https://vwv.almanassa.net/ar/story/13097 (ARABIC)

https://ifex.org/ar/%D8%A2%D9%8A%D9%81%D9%83%D8%B3-%D8%AA%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%B4%D8%AF%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AD%D9%85%D9%84%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D9%86%D9%8A%D9%81%D8%A9-%D8%B6%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%AF/ (ARABIC)

http://mubasher.aljazeera.net/news/%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%AA%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%84-%D9%85%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%90-%D8%A3%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%86-%D8%A5%D8%B6%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%B9%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B7%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%AA%D8%B6%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%86%D8%A7-%D9%85%D8%B9-%D8%A5%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A1-%D8%B9%D8%A8%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%AD (ARABIC)

https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2019/09/30/alaa-abdel-fattah-icone-de-la-revolution-a-nouveau-arrete-en-egypte_6013618_3212.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.eldiario.ec/noticias-manabi-ecuador/511795-ong-dice-hay-mas-de-4000-arrestos-y-3000-acusados-tras-protestas-en-egipto/ (ESPANOL)

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Egypt: UN human rights office urges Egypt to immediately release detained protestors

October 18, 2019

Authorities in Egypt are being urged by the UN human rights office, OHCHR,  to immediately release scores of citizens who have been arrested in connection with recent anti-government demonstrations in several cities.

Civil society groups report more than 2,000 people were detained before, during and after the protests on 20 September, which prompted the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to express concern about reports of lack of due process.

On Friday her office reported that the arrests are continuing, with a number of well-known and respected civil society figures affected, some of whom have been accused of terrorism.

“Once again, we remind the Egyptian Government that under international law people have a right to protest peacefully, and a right to express their opinions, including on social media. They should never be arrested, detained – let alone charged with serious offences such as terrorism – simply for exercising those rights”, spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani told journalists in Geneva.

Prominent members of civil society detained

Ms. Shamdasani provided information about some of the detainees, who include Esraa Abdelfattah, a journalist and human rights defender based in the capital, Cairo, who was arrested on 12 October.

Prominent blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah as well as his lawyer, Mohammed El-Baqer are currently being held at the Tora Maximum Security Prison, south of Cairo.

Both have been accused of belonging to a terrorist group, funding terrorism, spreading false news that undermines national security and “using social media to commit publishing offices”, the UN human rights office said.

Mr. El-Bager was arrested that same day while attending his client’s interrogation at the State Security Prosecution. Since that time, he allegedly has been subjected to physical and verbal abuse, in addition to being denied access to drinking water, sanitation and medical assistance.

“All those arrested and detained solely for exercising their rights, or lending legal assistance to others who have been arrested, should be released immediately,” Ms. Shamdasani stated.

OHCHR also called on the authorities to “promptly and effectively” investigate any allegations of torture or ill-treatment.

https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/10/1049581

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/rights-office-urges-egypt-free-blogger-lawyer-journalist-191018202945053.html

https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/18/un-rights-office-urges-egypt-to-free-lawyers-activist

UN demands Egypt investigate torture allegations

https://middle-east-online.com/en/un-demands-egypt-probe-activists%E2%80%99-torture

http://mubasher.aljazeera.net/news/%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%AA%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%84-%D9%85%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%90-%D8%A3%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%86-%D8%A5%D8%B6%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%B9%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B7%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%AA%D8%B6%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%86%D8%A7-%D9%85%D8%B9-%D8%A5%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A1-%D8%B9%D8%A8%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%AD (ARABIC)

https://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/egypte-l-onu-condamne-la-repression-des-militants-politiques-20191018 (FRANCAIS)

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