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Kazakhstan: Prominent Kazakh Rights Defender Granted Parole After Six Years In Prison

August 1, 2018

Vadim Kuramshin in 2012

Prominent Kazakh human rights activist Vadim Kuramshin has been granted early release on parole after serving more than 6 1/2 years in prison on extortion charges that his supporters said were politically motivated.

A lawyer for Kuramshin, Muratbek Irge, told RFE/RL that a court in the northeastern city of Oskemen agreed on August 1 to parole Kuramshin.

He will be released in 15 days if the ruling is not appealed and overturned, Irge said.

Kuramshin has become known for his efforts to raise awareness of violations of inmates’ rights in Kazakh penitentiaries, including the one where he served his term.

He was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2012 on an extortion conviction. He denies wrongdoing.

In December 2013, while behind bars, Kuramshin was awarded the prestigious Ludovic-Trarieux international human rights prize.


Kazakh human rights defender Vadim Kuramshin will probably be granted early release




http://www.avocatparis.org/avocats-jusquau-bout-vadim-kuramshin (FRANCAIS)


Egypt: Anxiety among Egypt’s leaders

February 2018

Campaigners internationally have welcomed the news that human rights lawyer Mahienour el-Massry and trade unionist Moatasem Medhat were released from an Egyptian prison on 16 January.

They had both been jailed in November 2017 for allegedly breaching Egypt’s repressive anti-protest law, for “insulting the president”, and for thuggery during the protests over the transfer of Egyptian islands Tiran and Sanafir. The charges against the duo were dropped after an appeal, while three other activists were tried and charged in absentia.

Mahienour, winner of the Ludovic Trarieux International Human Rights Prize, is renowned in Egypt for her work defending activists, trade unionists and refugees.

This is not her first stint in Egypt’s rotten prison system. In 2015 she was sentenced to one year and three months imprisonment on charges of “assaulting security forces”, among others.




https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/speak-out-for-egypt-womens-rights-defender-azza-soliman/?utm_source=FBPAGE-IS&utm_medium=social&utm_content=1320671030&utm_campaign=Amnesty (TAKE ACTION!)

https://www.amnesty.fr/liberte-d-expression/petitions/soutenez-azza-soliman-defenseure-des-droits-des-femmes (SIGNEZ LA PETITION!)

http://veluweland.nl/deel-je-nieuws-activiteit/schrijfacties-amnesty-international-groep-gemeente-epe-344692 (NEDERLAND)

Egypt/AI: Release of activist Mahienour el-Massry a rare moment of justice

January 16, 2018

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In response to the release of human rights lawyer Mahienour el-Massry from prison today, Najia Bounaim, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director of Campaigns for North Africa said:

“This is fantastic news for Mahienour who walks free today. She should never have spent a moment behind bars, as she was detained only because of her peaceful activism in Egypt. Her release will come as a huge relief for her family and all those who mobilized tirelessly on her behalf.


Mahienour el-Massry is a lawyer and former prisoner of conscience. Moataseem Medhat is a labour rights activist.

On 14 June, 2016 Maheinour, Moataseem and activists Asmaa Naeem, Walee el-Amry and Ziad Abu el-Fadl participated in a protest in Alexandria against the Egyptian government’s decision to hand over control of two islands, Tiran and Sanafir, to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

On 18 November, 2017 the Montazah Misdemeanor Court in Alexandria ordered the detention of Mahienour El-Masry and Moataseem Medhat until the verdict in December. On 30 December 2017, the same court sentenced Mahienour and Moataseem to two years in prison for “participating in an unauthorized protest” and “show of force”. The court also sentenced the three other activists to three years in prison, in absentia.

On 13 January 2018, the Montazah Misdemeanor Court of Appeals acquitted Mahienour and Moataseem of all charges.





https://www.amnesty.org/ar/latest/news/2018/01/egypt-release-of-activist-mahienour-elmassry-a-rare-moment-of-justice/?utm_source=FBPAGE-IS&utm_medium=social&utm_content=1288474071&utm_campaign=Amnesty&utm_source=TWITTER-IS&utm_medium=social&utm_content=1291035917&utm_campaign=Amnesty&utm_source=FBPAGE-IS&utm_medium=social&utm_content=1297598538&utm_campaign=Amnesty (ARABIC)

https://www.amnesty.org/fr/latest/news/2018/01/egypt-release-of-activist-mahienour-elmassry-a-rare-moment-of-justice/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.be/infos/actualites/mahienour (FRANCAIS)

https://www.pressenza.com/it/2018/01/torna-liberta-lavvocata-attivista-egiziana-mahienour-el-massry/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.agoravox.it/Egitto-torna-in-liberta-l-avvocata.html (ITALIANO)

https://www.pressenza.com/it/2018/01/egitto-scarcerato-sindacalista-moatassem-medhat/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.elmercuriodigital.net/2018/01/najia-bounaim-la-excarcelacion-de-la.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.lavanguardia.com/vida/20180115/4443591414/absuelta-activista-egipcia-condenada-a-dos-anos-de-prision-por-manifestarse.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.amnesty.nl/actueel/egyptische-mahienour-el-massry-vrij (NEERLANDS)



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Egypt: Egypte. Une victoire contre deux condamnations

le 15 janvier, 2018

Le 6 janvier 2018, nous publiions l’appel d’Egypt Solidarity  afin de multiplier les messages de solidarité pour réclamer la libération et l’acquittement de «l’avocate militante Mahienour el-Massry et le leader syndical Moatasem Medhat emprisonnés pour deux ans par un tribunal égyptien».

Nous venons de recevoir la nouvelle d’Egypt Solidarity selon laquelle «l’avocate Mahienour el-Massry et le syndicaliste Moatasem Medhat ont été acquittés en appel par un tribunal d’Alexandrie. C’est ce qu’a rapporté la page Facebook FreeMahienour le 13 janvier. Les deux militants avaient été reconnus coupables d’avoir enfreint la loi répressive anti-manifestation de l’Egypte, violant une loi sur l’assemblée publique imposée par les autorités coloniales britanniques en 1914, et condamnés à deux ans de prison. Trois de leurs coaccusés dans la même affaire n’ont pas comparu devant le tribunal et ont donc été jugés par contumace, mais peuvent toujours faire appel du jugement contre eux.

L’affaire contre Mahienour et Moatasem a déclenché une campagne de protestation internationale, avec des actions de solidarité à Londres, Leeds, Paris, Dublin et d’autres villes en Europe.

Merci à tous ceux et à toutes celles qui ont contribué à cette campagne de soutien. Combattons maintenant pour tous ceux et toutes celles qui restent injustement emprisonnés en Egypte.» Egypt Solidarity, 14 janvier 2018


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Imprisoned human rights lawyer Mahienour El-Massry walks free from prison, January 16, 2018 (Facebook)






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Egypt: Breaking news: Mahienour and Moatasem acquitted

January 13, 2017

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Lawyer Mahienour el-Massry and trade unionist Moatasem Medhat have been acquitted on appeal by a court in Alexandria, the FreeMahienour Facebook page reported on 13 January. The two had been convicted of breaking Egypt’s repressive anti-protest law, and breaching a law on public assembly imposed by the British colonial authorities in 1914, and sentenced to two years in jail. Three of their co-defendants in the same case did not attend court and so were tried in absentia, but can still appeal the judgement against them.

The case against Mahienour and Moatasem sparked an international protest campaign, with solidarity actions taking place in London, Leeds, Paris, Dublin and other cities.

Breaking news: Mahienour and Moatasem acquitted

13 janvier 2018
Mahienour El-Massry a été acquittée par La Cour d’Alexandrie qui a annulé la condamnation à deux ans de prison prononcée en première instance le 30 décembre dernier.
Elle est donc libre.

(L’Observatoire IDHAE Facebook)

http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-del20183mohmoh.htm (FRANCAIS)






http://www.vetogate.com/3030153 (ARABIC)

http://www.akhbarak.net/news/2018/01/13/13693641/articles/28600869/%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%A3%D9%86%D9%81-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A5%D8%B3%D9%83%D9%86%D8%AF%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D8%AA%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A6-%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%87%D9%8A%D9%86%D9%88%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%B1%D9%8A-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D9%85%D8%B8%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%AA (ARABIC)

http://www.nafeza2world.com/7awades/1785058 (ARABIC)

https://24.com.eg/arab-world/3647373.html (ARABIC)

https://www.almesryoon.com/story/1140519/%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A1%D8%A9-%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%87%D9%8A%D9%86%D9%88%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%B1%D9%8A-%D9%85%D9%86-%D8%AA%D9%87%D9%85%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%B8%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%B1 (ARABIC)

http://www.akhbarak.net/news/2018/01/13/13693968/articles/28601223/%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A1%D8%A9-%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%87%D9%8A%D9%86%D9%88%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%B1%D9%8A-%D9%85%D9%86-%D8%AA%D9%87%D9%85%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%B8%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%B1-%D8%B6%D8%AF-%D8%AA%D8%B1%D8%B3%D9%8A%D9%85-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AD%D8%AF%D9%88%D8%AF (ARABIC)

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Egypt: Appeal heard January 13th against 2 year sentence for Rights Lawyer Mahienour El-Massry

January 13, 2018

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Tomorrow is the appeal for Mahienour and Moatassem’s two year sentence, in the case of a protest against the Tiran and Sanafir Land transfer agreement.

Accusations are based on the 2013 Protest Law and 1914 Assembly Law.

غدا الاستئناف على الحكم الصادر ضد ماهينور ومعتصم بسنتين سجن في القضية الخاصة بوقفة تيران وصنافير.

التهم الموجهة لهم مبنية على خرق قانون التظاهر لسنة ٢٠١٣ وقانون التجمهر لسنة ١٩١٤.

الحرية لماهينور – Free Mahienour 12/01/18 Facebook)



Solidarity with Mahienour and Moatasem: jailed for defending the right to protest and strike


https://alencontre.org/moyenorient/egypte/egypte-solidarite-avec-mahienour-et-moatasem-emprisonne%C2%B7e%C2%B7s-pour-avoir-defendu-le-droit-de-protester-et-de-faire-greve.html (FRANCAIS)



(Egypt Solidarity Initiative Facebook)

Egypt: Appeal of Imprisoned Human Rights Lawyer Mahienour El-Massry heard January 13th

January 11, 2018

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On 30 December, lawyer Mahienour El-Massry was sentenced to two years in prison. According to our information, the appeal hearing in her case will take place on 13 January 2018. L4L called for her immediate release –> http://bit.ly/2D0nAZc 


Lawyers for Lawyers Facebook)


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#بعيداً_عن الصراعات النقابية والبطولات الزائفة أدعو جميع المحامين {الشرفاء} بالوقوف بجانب الزميلة ماهينور المصري -المحامية- حيث تنظر محكمة جنح مستأنف المنتزة بجلستها المُنعقدة يوم السبت المقبل الموافق ١٣ يناير ٢٠١٨ القضية المعروفة إعلامياً بالتظاهر بشأن الإعتراض على بيع أرض مصر {جزيرتي تيران وصنافير} والمتهم فيها خمسة متهمين (من بينهم ثلاثة محامين) وهم ماهينور المصري واسماء نعيم ووليد العماري.
#والجدير_بالذكر أن محكمة جنح المنتزه الجزئية حكمت حضورياً على ماهينور ومعتصم بالسجن لمدة سنتين مع الشغل والنفاذ، وغيابياً على باقي المتهمين بالسجن لمدة ثلاث سنوات مع الشغل والنفاذ.






https://www.marx21.de/aegypten-solidaritaet-mit-mahienour-el-massryn-und-moatasem-medhat/ (DEUTSCH)

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Freiheit für Mahienour el-Massry und Moatasem Medhat
und alle anderen politischen Gefangenen in Ägypten. Die Menschenrechtsanwältin Mahienour el-Massry und der Gewerkschaftsführer Moatasem Medhat wurden von einem ägyptischen Gericht zu zwei Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt. Aktivistinnen und Aktivisten rufen nun zu internationalen Protesten auf. #30DecemberTrials #MahienourelMassry Mehr Informationen: https://www.marx21.de/aegypten-solidaritaet-mit-mahienour-el-massryn-und-moatasem-medhat/

(marx21.de Facebook)