Alaa Abdel Fattah
in prison for 400 daysmore info
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in prison for 755 daysmore info
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Mohamed Nagi Abdelmaksoud
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Alaa Abdel Fattah
in prison for 400 days
Alaa Abdel Fattah is an Egyptian activist born in 1981. As a Free Open Source Software developer and human rights activist, he has been at the forefront of the struggle for change in Egypt for many years, working relentlessly for the “bread, freedom and social justice” called for by the 2011 revolution. As a result, he has the unfortunate distinction of having been arrested not only by Mubarak but also all the different regimes that have ruled Egypt since the 2011 revolution.
Alaa is currently in prison in Egypt serving a five-year sentence after a trial that has been deemed unfair by international observers. Since being in prison for his current sentence, Alaa’s father, renowned human rights and constitutional lawyer, Ahmad Seif, has died at 60 and his younger sister, Sanaa, has been tried – also for protesting – and served 14 months of a two-year jail sentence.
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in prison for 851 days
Mahmoud Hussein was arrested from a microbus and picked out because of his anti-torture t-shirt and scarf. Mahmoud Hussein is accused of breaking the “protest law”, getting paid to protest, possessing Molotov cocktails, and belonging to a terrorist organisation.
He has been in pre-trial detention for more than 700 days. He was only 18 years old when he was arrested and is now at 19 years old facing an unknown fate in an Egyptian prison. No credible evidence has been presented to link him with violent actions or terrorist activities.
On 9 February 2016, the Giza Felony Court extended his detention for another 45 days. Mahmoud has already spent the maximum allowable time in pretrial detention (two years), a landmark he passed on 25 January.
On 24 March 2016, the court decided to release him after 790 days in pre-trial detention!
While the court’s decision comes as a huge relief for Mahmoud Hussein and his family, it should not overshadow the outrageous injustice he has suffered.
See the Amnesty International campaign for the release of Mahmoud Hussein.Take Action
in prison for 755 days
Aya Hegazy is an Egyptian-American activist who founded the organisation Belady with the objective of helping out street children. She was arrested in Cairo in May 2014 and charged with organising a group with the purposes of human trafficking, holding children for sexual exploitation and using them to disturb the peace in protests against security forces. Despite vehemently denying the charges, she was arrested with her husband (who was running the association with her) and two other colleagues.
The organisation, launched in September 2013, held campaigns on sanitation and combated sexual harassment and rehabilitation for street children. Visit her Facebook page for more information and pictures of the children’s activities.
“The kids are being taught how to read and write, paint and learn self defense. Aya and her husband sleep on the floor in the conference room so that they can supervise the kids 24/7” her mother explained.
She also said that when Aya was interrogated by National Security, she was hit in the neck, fell to her knees and called names by the officer, who threatened her with the death sentence.
On 22 March, Aya’s trial was adjourned once more. The prosecution seems to have requested the wrong committee and not enough members showed up for the court to be able to operate under oath. The excuses are unacceptable and show the level of injustice that rules the courts of Egypt.
The next session is set for 21 May 2016, at which point she will have been in pre-trial detention for over 2 years.Take Action
in prison for 188 days
Ahmed Said is an independent human rights defender, surgeon and poet who provided emergency medical care to citizens attacked by security forces during the 2011 Egyptian uprising. He was arrested by Egyptian security forces, along with 12 other peaceful protesters on 19 November 2015 in Cairo, as they commemorated the anniversary of the 2011 Mohammad Mahmoud Street protests, which were violently repressed by riot police from 19 November to 24 November 2011. Over 40 people were killed in that crackdown on a demonstration initially sparked by the dispersal of a sit-in protest of families of citizens injured or killed in the initial 18-day uprising.
At the silent, peaceful protest held on the 2015 anniversary of this event, there was a call for accountability of the perpetrators of human rights violations that took place four years earlier in Mohammad Mahmoud Street.
For this, Ahmed Said and his co-detainees were arrested, blindfolded and interrogated by security officials without the presence of a lawyer. Said is charged with protesting without a permit, “taking part in a gathering of more than five people and obstructing traffic”, as well as “possession of publications that contain information disturbing public order”.
On 13 December 2015 the Abdeen Misdemeanour Court in Cairo sentenced Ahmed Said and four other protesters to two years of imprisonment for participating in a protest without a permit on the fourth anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud incidents. This sentence violates his rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, supposedly guaranteed by the 2014 Constitution and Egypt’s commitment to international human rights standards. He is due to appear at a Cairo court for an appeal hearing on 27 January 2016.
Ahmed Said is now held an isolated cell and banned from visits, meaning he is extremely vulnerable to violent assaults by the security officers.
in prison for 178 days
Ismail Al-Iskandarani is a researcher and journalist who was detained upon his return to Egypt from Germany on 29 November 2015.
After having been held for more than ten hours at the airport, he was later moved to State Security Prosecution after the authorities searched his laptop and found articles he wrote on Sinai and other political issues. He was interrogated on charges of belonging to an illegal group, the Muslim Brotherhood, and spreading its ideas, in addition to intentionally disseminating false information
Mr Iskandarani is one of very few well-informed journalists and researchers to have published extensively on the political, security and human rights situation in the Sinai Peninsula. In that context, he has provided rare and credible analysis on the conditions endured by the civilian population of North Sinai, an area where a sweeping counter-insurgency operation is being implemented by the military.
Ismail al-Iskandarani is an associate researcher with the Arab Reform Initiative, and was a guest researcher at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.Take Action
in prison for 132 days
Dr. Taher Mokhtar is a prominent health activist and a member of the Rights and Freedoms Committee at the Doctors’ Syndicate. He is a vocal campaigner for prisoners’ right to adequate medical treatment in places of detention in Egypt, and is also noted for defending workers’, minorities’ and refugees’ rights.
He was arrested with his two flatmates, Hossam el din Hammad and Ahmad Hassan, on Jan. 14, 2016 following a raid on their apartment in Downtown Cairo. They were interrogated by National Security for nine hours without a lawyer, then questioned by the Prosecution, which accused them of possession of publications that call for the overthrow of the regime.
Their detention was renewed on Jan. 17, 2016 for 15 days pending investigation.
The continued detention of Dr Taher Mokhtar is part of a campaign of intimidation and repression of human rights defenders, and of a crackdown on rights activists and pro-democracy movements, ostensibly to thwart the organization of protests on Jan. 25, 2016, the fifth anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution.Take Action
Mohamed Nagi Abdelmaksoud
in prison for 30 days
26-year old Mohamed Nagi Abdelmaksoud began his professional career in 2009 as a journalist. In 2012 he began his engagement with civil society and human rights work as a member of the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE).
Over the years Nagi worked on the launch of numerous solidarity and advocacy campaign, most prominent of which was his solidarity campaign with the students of the German University in Cairo (GUS), where he contributed to providing support to students expelled by the university because of their student activism, as well as documenting student activism at the university since the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Nagi also contributed to the production of numerous reports and research that addressed the issue of the students’ bylaws and statutes
In addition to his research work, Nagi coordinated the AFTE Students’ Monitor and participated in a large number of workshops and trainings for students, introducing them to student rights and freedoms, addressing student rights as a fundamental human right.
Through his work and contributions, he has become one of the most prominent Egyptian researchers in student rights and academic freedoms.
On 25 April 2016, Nagi was randomly arrested among others upon a call for peaceful protests against the agreement regarding the demarcation of maritime border between Egyptian authorities and their Saudi counterparts. He was subjected to interrogation by state security investigation and later accused of unlicensed demonstration.
On 14 May, Nagi and 21 others were sentenced to 5 years of hard labor for charges of participation in a demonstration giving thereby the harshest penalty according to the protest law. The verdict was not a legal decision but a political one, decided in advance with the aim of silencing any voice of dissent towards the ruling regime.
Researcher and human rights defender Mohamed Nagi and his colleagues were tried by an unconstitutional law and received cruel and politicized sentences. Those young people are in dire need of all your support and help before the verdict is consolidated in the court of appeal (the second and last degree).
in prison for 20 days
Malek Adly is a prominent human rights lawyer and the director of Lawyers Network at the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR), which seeks to promote and mobilise social movements to spread the culture of human rights.
He is one the founders of the Front for Defending Egypt’s Protesters, a group comprising of 34 human rights organisations and several lawyers, which documents illegal practices carried out by state police forces against peaceful protesters.
Upon his arrest in Cairo’s Maadi district on 5 May 2016, Malek Adly was charged with attempting to overthrow the regime and transferred to Tora prison, Cairo where he is currently detained. An interrogation session was scheduled for 18 May 2016 but was postponed to 1 June 2016.
There are reports that he is mistreated and beaten in detention, and denied family and lawyer visitation rights. The human rights defender was brought food, clothes and medication by his family as the prison was not providing them, but he was not allowed to receive them. His health is reported to be rapidly deteriorating.Take Action
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About The Campaign
This campaign is a joint initiative of EuroMed Rights and the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) to gather public support for the release of Egyptian activists currently held in prison.
Egyptian activists are striving for human rights, democracy and other fundamental freedoms, yet have been targeted since 2011 for their role in defending and promoting civil, political and economic rights. Due to their prominent contribution in initiating change, many Egyptian activists are being targeted, threatened, prosecuted in political trials and sentenced to long prison terms.
In Egyptian President Sisi’s own words, “(…) there are many innocent people inside prisons, soon many of them will be released according to the available permissions” (declared on television on 22 February 2015)
This systematic crackdown on dissent must stop. All activists detained must be freed!
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"Putting peaceful activists behind bars may give the authorities a feeling of control, but it’s illusory – and it’s certainly not the road to building a democratic political system."
Human Rights Defender and Lawyer Malek Adly arrested
Malek Adly was arrested on Thursday 5 May in Al-Maadi neighborhood in Cairo, along with his client Zizo Abdo, member of 6 April Movement. An arrest warrant had been issued against Adly by Shubra Al-Khema Prosecution a couple of weeks before, for voicing an opinion contrary to the state’s official narrative of the Egyptian-Saudi maritime border agreement, and Egypt’s waiver of Sanafir and Tiran islands to KSA. The case also includes journalists Amr Badr, Mahmoud Al-Sakka and Sayed Al-Bana.
Sherif Azer Stopped at Cairo Airport
On April 30, human rights activist Sherif Azer was intercepted by the security bodies at Cairo international airport. He was detained at the National Security Bureau and interrogated for a brief period of time before being allowed to enter the country.
Journalist Hisham Jafar's Imprisonment Renewed
On April 30, Abbasiyah court’s Criminal Circuit decided to extend the incarceration of Hisham Jafar, member of the Journalists Syndicate, for 45 additional days pending probe. Jafar has been interrogated over charges related to Article 78 of the Penal Code, known as the law of ‘other things’, following its last legislative amendment. The prosecution is charging Jafar with receiving international funds to harm the national security and belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) group.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of ECRF Arrested
On April 25 at dawn, the security bodies arrested Eng. Ahmed Abdullah, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) after storming his home. Abdullah was taken to New Cairo police station, where a communique was filed against him accusing him of “incitement to protest”.
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