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Egypt: Egyptian Activist Mahienour el-Massry: The Cost of Persistence

October 15, 2019

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Human rights lawyer and activist Mahienour el-Massry, 33, was arrested on 22 September 2019 in Cairo, two days after rare protests erupted against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s regime, and amid an unprecedented wave of arrests of potential or presumed protesters and opposition members.

El-Massry is being held in pre-trial detention on charges of aiding a terrorist organization and spreading false news – common charges in politically motivated arrests – in a revived case related to protests over the deadly train accident in February 2019 in Cairo’s central station.

It is not the first time el-Massry has been imprisoned. She was first held in 2008 in a police station in her hometown Alexandria. She became politically engaged at a young age, participating in student protests at school and university in Alexandria before joining the Kefaya movement against former President Hosni Mubarak in 2005.

In May 2014, she was handed a two-year sentence for organizing an unauthorized protest during the retrial against the police officers responsible for the death of inmate Khaled Said. Her sentence was later reduced to six months and suspended in September that year, after which she was released.

During her detention, she wrote an open letter titled ‘We shall continue’, vowing to keep on fighting until the controversial Protest Law issued in November 2013 – which effectively annihilated the right to protest – was abolished. She also pointed to class differences that determine one’s treatment even in prison, ending her letter with the call: ‘Down with this classist society’.

She was awarded the Ludovic Trarieux Human Rights Prize in 2014, while still in prison.

https://fanack.com/egypt/faces/mahienour-el-massry/

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/10/egypt-steps-up-brutality-with-abduction-and-torture-of-human-rights-defender/

Egypt: Israa Abdelfattah strangled in custody

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahienour_El-Massry

https://www.amnesty.org/ar/latest/news/2019/10/egypt-steps-up-brutality-with-abduction-and-torture-of-human-rights-defender/ (ARABIC)

https://patrick-henry.avocats.be/?q=node/412 (FRANCAIS)

https://israelnoticias.com/i/medio-oriente/activista-egipto-torturada-arresto/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.pressenza.com/it/2019/10/egitto-amnesty-international-denuncia-laumento-della-brutalita-verso-i-difensori-dei-diritti-umani/ (ITALIANO)

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“أمن الدولة” تخلي سبيل المحامي إبراهيم متولي بعد عامين من الحبس الاحتياطي

قال محامون، إن نيابة أمن الدولة العليا، قررت أمس الاثنين، إخلاء سبيل المحامي البارز إبراهيم متولي، مؤسس رابطة أسر المختفين قسريا.
ويأتي قرار إخلاء سبيل المحامي متولي بعد مرور آكثر من عامين على حبسه احتياطيا، وتجاوزه المدة المقررة في القانون ٢٤ شهرا.
وكانت متولي قد واجه اتهامات بتأسيس جماعة على خلاف أحكام القانون، ونشر أخبار كاذبة، بعد القبض عليه من مطار القاهرة منذ أكثر من عامين.

#دفتر_أحوال_المحاكم_والنيابات
#المفوضية_المصرية_للحقوق_والحريات
#إبراهيم_متولي

(المفوضية المصرية للحقوق والحريات Facebook, 15/10/19)

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Saudi Arabia: One year after Khashoggi killing, activists honour his legacy by continuing to fight for freedom of expression.

October 2, 2019

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One year since the extrajudicial execution of Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi citizens are honouring Khashoggi’s legacy by pursuing the fight for their inalienable right to freely express themselves, despite the authorities’ continuing crackdown and the absence of any meaningful signal to hold accountable those responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, Amnesty International said today.

“Any talk of assuming responsibility for Jamal Khashoggi’s killing is meaningless if not met with the immediate and unconditional release of dozens of individuals who continue to languish in prison, and who continue to be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment, solely for having expressed their opinion in a peaceful manner,” said Lynn Maalouf, Middle East Research Director at Amnesty International.

To date, Amnesty International has documented the cases of at least 30 prisoners of conscience who are behind bars serving prison sentences of between five and 30 years solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly. Amongst those currently detained are Mohammad al-Qahtani, a founding member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association who called for the protection and promotion of human rights and provided legal support to families of detainees, and Waleed Abu al-Khair, a lawyer who defended human rights defenders before his imprisonment. Mohammad al-Qahtani and Waleed Abu al-Khair were tried and sentenced before the counter-terror court to 10 and 15 years in prison, respectively, for their peaceful human rights work.

Marking the first anniversary since Jamal Khashoggi’s extrajudicial execution, Saudi Arabian activists abroad – supported by Amnesty International – are launching a podcast series called “The Great Saudi Arabia”, focusing on different human rights issues affecting the country. The first series focuses on the story of Jamal Khashoggi. At the heart of this initiative is the activists’ desire to demonstrate to everyone in Saudi Arabia and the world at large that extreme measures of repression will not stop them from expressing their views, tell their own stories and continue their fight for the release of other human rights defenders who are paying a hefty price for speaking out.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/10/saudi-arabia-one-year-after-khashoggi-killing-activists-honour-his-legacy-by-continuing-to-fight-for-freedom-of-expression/

https://www.amnestyusa.org/press-releases/one-year-after-khashoggi-killing-saudi-activists-honor-his-legacy-by-continuing-to-fight-for-freedom-of-expression/

http://www.abajournal.com/web/article/imprisoned-saudi-lawyer-receives-this-years-international-human-rights-award

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/04/15/saudi-arabia-5-years-activist-still-behind-bars

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

https://www.amnesty.org/fr/latest/news/2019/10/saudi-arabia-one-year-after-khashoggi-killing-activists-honour-his-legacy-by-continuing-to-fight-for-freedom-of-expression/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2019/04/15/arabie-saoudite-cinquieme-annee-de-prison-pour-lactiviste-waleed-abu-al-khair (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waleed_Abu_al-Khair (FRANCAIS)

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Egypt: Egyptian authorities detain award-winning human rights lawyer

September 22, 2019

Mahienour el-Massry has been tried and jailed twice for taking part in anti-government demonstrations.

El-Massry, left, received the Ludovic Trarieux Award, an international prize for human rights efforts [File: Nariman el-Mofty/AP]

Authorities in Egypt detained an award-winning human rights lawyer on Sunday after she attended judicial investigations into protesters arrested during rare demonstrations against President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Mahienour el-Massry was arrested as soon as she left the state security prosecutor’s headquarters in the capital, Cairo, where she acted as the lawyer for several people detained during the demonstrations, her lawyer Tarek al-Awadi said.

Hundreds of Egyptians took to the streets in Cairo and several other cities across the country on Friday to call for el-Sisi’s departure.

According to the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights, 365 people have since been arrested.

El-Massry, a political activist and human rights defender, has been tried and jailed twice for taking part in protests.

In December 2013, following the army’s overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi following mass protests, she was arrested and imprisoned until September 2014 on charges of participating in a demonstration without a permit.

While in prison, el-Massry received the Ludovic Trarieux Award, an international prize given annually to a lawyer for contributions to human rights.

In 2015, el-Massry was handed a year-long sentence for taking part in a sit-in during Morsi’s rule.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/egyptian-authorities-detain-award-winning-human-rights-lawyer-190922194805122.html

https://www.france24.com/en/20190922-egypt-detains-award-winning-rights-lawyer

http://en.rfi.fr/wire/20190922-egypt-detains-award-winning-rights-lawyer

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-detains-award-winning-human-rights-lawyer-representing-protesters

https://madamirror18.appspot.com/madamasr.com/en/2019/09/22/news/politics/lawyer-mahienour-al-massry-arrested-and-karama-party-leader-appears-before-supreme-state-security-prosecution-after-forced-disappearance/

https://madamasr.com/en/2019/09/22/news/politics/lawyer-mahienour-al-massry-arrested-and-karama-party-leader-appears-before-supreme-state-security-prosecution-after-forced-disappearance/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-49786367

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/egypt-protest-latest-president-sisi-united-nations-a9115736.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/22/hundreds-of-egyptians-arrested-in-latest-wave-of-protests-against-sisi

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2019/9/23/egypt-detains-award-winning-rights-lawyer-mahienour-el-massry

Lawyer Mahienour el-Masry snatched by police in Cairo street as hundreds arrested following protests

Lawyer Mahienour el-Masry snatched by police in Cairo street as hundreds arrested following protests

https://www.rappler.com/world/regions/middle-east/240789-egypt-detains-rights-lawyer

https://www.thesundaily.my/world/egypt-detains-award-winning-rights-lawyer-DM1394647

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/world/egypt-over-350-arrested-in-protests-against-al-sisi/1591044

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/revealed-egyptian-authorities-using-interpol-target-dissidents-abroad

https://www.facebook.com/freemahienour/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahienour_El-Massry

https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2019/09/23/egypte-arrestation-d-une-avocate-et-militante-des-droits-humains_6012624_3212.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/fr-page3.callplt2014.htm (FRANCAIS)

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.kkuriren.se/nyheter/varlden/egyptisk-manniskorattsadvokat-fangslad-sm5236632.aspx (SVENSK)

https://www.vg.no/nyheter/utenriks/i/VbkpAr/flere-hundre-egyptere-arrestert-etter-helg-med-demonstrasjoner (NORWEGIAN)

https://nyheder.tv2.dk/udland/2019-09-23-egypten-anholder-prisvindende-advokat-efter-protester-mod-sisi (DANISH)

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#الحرية_لماهينور_المصري
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Saudi Arabia/Canada: Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

August 18, 2019

More than seven years after Raif Badawi was thrown in prison, lawyers and allies of the Saudi blogger are increasingly lobbying foreign governments in an effort to secure his release as Saudi Arabia prepares to host next year’s G-20 meeting.

Irwin Cotler, a human rights lawyer and former federal justice minister who represents the family internationally, says advocates for Badawi have recently been meeting with foreign governments, UN representatives and others to encourage them to call for the release of Badawi, his sister Samar, their former lawyer Waleed Abulkhair and other imprisoned human rights defenders.

Cotler sat down with The Canadian Press to discuss the intensifying effort to free the 35-year-old Badawi, who was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics.

Cotler said it is urgent “to both internationalize and intensify our advocacy” as Saudi Arabia chairs the G-20 ahead of the meeting in Riyadh in November 2020.

That effort appeared to yield results last month when U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence called on Saudi Arabia to free Badawi as well as three other jailed dissidents.

The four dissidents, Pence said, “have stood in defence of religious liberty and the exercise of their faith despite unimaginable pressure, and the American people stand with them.”

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi case: Efforts to free jailed blogger continue after 7 years

https://www.uscirf.gov/news-room/press-releases-statements/uscirf-vice-chair-nadine-maenza-calls-release-imprisoned-saudi

Mike Pence’s call for Raif Badawi’s release from Saudi prison a shot in the arm for dispirited wife

http://www.abajournal.com/web/article/imprisoned-saudi-lawyer-receives-this-years-international-human-rights-award

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/07/how-saudi-arabia-makes-dissidents-disappear

https://thehill.com/policy/international/middle-east-north-africa/455776-saudi-arabia-frees-us-citizen-after-nearly-two

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/uk-page3.callplt2015.htm

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

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

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1265068/arabie-saoudite-priso-ben-salmane (FRANCAIS)

https://www.les-crises.fr/le-lobby-pro-saoudien-aux-etats-unis-par-rene-naba/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/fr-page3.remplt2015.htm (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waleed_Abu_al-Khair (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raif_Badawi (FRANCAIS)

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USA/Saudi Arabia: Imprisoned Saudi lawyer receives this year’s ABA International Human Rights Award

August 8, 2019

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A human rights lawyer who was convicted on anti-terrorism charges and sentenced to 15 years in prison—simply for calling for the rule of law in Saudi Arabia—will receive the 2019 ABA International Human Rights Award during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Saudi lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair founded Monitor for Human Rights, one of the only human rights organizations in Saudi Arabia, in 2008, according to an ABA press release. He dedicated his legal career to defending human rights and the right to freedom of expression, and pushed for an elected parliament, independent judiciary, constitutional monarchy and other reforms in his country.

“Abu al-Khair epitomizes the ideals of what lawyers around the world are fighting for,” ABA President Bob Carlson told the ABA Journal. “His efforts defending vulnerable clients, advocating for an independent judiciary and democratic reforms in Saudi Arabia literally cost him his freedom.

“The ABA hopes this award may highlight his situation and bring prominence to the noble causes he supports.”

Abu al-Khair was banned from representing some defendants in courts in 2009, but still represented Samar Badawi, a Saudi woman and human rights activist who was jailed after her father accused her of disobedience under their county’s male guardianship system, the following year. Badawi was released after Abu al-Khair shared details of her case in blogs and on Twitter and Facebook.

They married, and Badawi advocated for Abu al-Khair’s release until she was rearrested in 2018.

Abu al-Khair also represented Badawi’s brother, Raif, a blogger who was arrested in 2012 after establishing the Free Saudi Liberals website. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 blows with a cane.

Abu al-Khair’s 2014 arrest and conviction largely stemmed from comments he made to the media and on social media that criticized Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, discussions of human rights in his home and his defense of activists who were punished for criticizing the government, according to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

The human rights organizations say the specific charges against him included disobeying the ruler and seeking to remove his legitimacy; insulting the judiciary and questioning the integrity of judges; setting up an unlicensed organization; harming the reputation of the state by communicating with international organizations; and preparing, storing and sending information that harms public order.

His full 15-year sentence was upheld by a Saudi appeals court in 2015 after he refused to apologize for the alleged offenses. He is currently in the Dhahban Central Prison in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

http://www.abajournal.com/web/article/imprisoned-saudi-lawyer-receives-this-years-international-human-rights-award

http://www.abajournal.com/web/article/2019-aba-annual-meeting-what-can-you-expect

https://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2019/06/saudi-lawyer-waleed-abu-al-khair-to-receive-2019-aba-internation/

Abu al-Khair to receive ABA Award

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/04/15/saudi-arabia-5-years-activist-still-behind-bars

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

http://hourriya-tagheer.org/15934 (ARABIC)

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2019/04/15/arabie-saoudite-cinquieme-annee-de-prison-pour-lactiviste-waleed-abu-al-khair (FRANCAIS)

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/fr-page3.remplt2015.htm (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waleed_Abu_al-Khair (FRANCAIS)

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UAE: 7th anniversary of imprisonment of rights lawyer Mohammed Al-Roken

July 17, 2019

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Today marks a sad anniversary: the 7th year of imprisonment of Mohammed Al-Roken, an Emirati lawyer committed to the defense of human rights and the rule of law. The UIA reiterates its request to the authorities of the United Arab Emirates: secure the immediate and unconditional release of our colleague! #UAE #FreeAlRoken #UIAIROL #Lawyers4Lawyers

(UIA Facebook, 17/07/19)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2019-07-08.274580.h&p=11132

http://icfuae.org.uk/research-and-publications-factsheets/dr-mohammed-al-roken%C2%A0

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/mohamed-al-roken

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https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2014/12/dr-mohammed-al-roken-it-takes-extraordinary-person/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/lawyer-mohammed-al-roken-awarded-human-rights-prize-170528103532469.html

http://echr.org.uk/news/seven-years-after-his-arrest-we-call-release-dr-mohamed-al-roken

https://www.echr.org.uk/en/issues/international-association-lawyersuia-calls-release-dr-mohammed-alroken

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prix_Ludovic-Trarieux

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Al-Rukn

http://echr.org.uk/ar/news/بسبب-عمله-الحقوقي،-الدكتور-محمد-الركن-يدخل-عامه-السابع-في-سجون-دولة-الإمارات (ARABIC)

http://www.libertas.sm/notizie/2017/11/13/san-marino-la-camera-penale-al-premio-ludovic-trarieux.html (ITALIANO)

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Saudi Arabia/USA: Saudi lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair to receive 2019 ABA International Human Rights Award

June 21, 2019

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The American Bar Association announced today that it will honor Saudi lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair with its 2019 ABA International Human Rights Award in recognition of his work to advance human rights and advocate for justice in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The award will be presented during a dinner at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, August 8, 7:30 p.m. at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.

The International Human Rights Award was established to honor and give public recognition to a lawyer, human rights luminary or international human rights organization that has made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of human rights outside of the United States. The award is given on behalf of the ABA Center for Human RightsSection of International LawSection of Civil Rights and Social JusticeSection of Litigation and Rule of Law Initiative.

Abu al-Khair is the founder of Monitor for Human Rights, one of only a few human rights organizations in Saudi Arabia, which he established in 2008, just a year after he began practicing law. As an attorney, Abu al-Khair dedicated his career to defending human rights and the right to freedom of expression, even after government authorities banned him in 2009 from representing specific defendants in courts. Abu al-Khair also used his legal background to advocate for an elected parliament, independent judiciary and other democratic reforms in Saudi Arabia.

https://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2019/06/saudi-lawyer-waleed-abu-al-khair-to-receive-2019-aba-internation/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/04/15/saudi-arabia-5-years-activist-still-behind-bars

Abu al-Khair to receive ABA Award

https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/2159

http://www.abajournal.com/web/article/2019-aba-annual-meeting-what-can-you-expect

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

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2019/04/15/arabie-saoudite-cinquieme-annee-de-prison-pour-lactiviste-waleed-abu-al-khair (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waleed_Abu_al-Khair (FRANCAIS)