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AN INITIATIVE BY EUROMED RIGHTS AND
THE ARABIC NETWORK FOR HUMAN RIGHTS INFORMATION (ANHRI)

16 - 30 May 2018
INTRODUCTION
The crackdown of the Egyptian authorities on civil society organisations, journalists, and political dissidents has dramatically worsened since the military seized power in July 2013.

EuroMed Rights, in partnership with ANHRI, aims to inform an interested audience at the EU level and in European/international media about the specific targeting of human rights defenders and activists in the country, as well as prisoners of conscience and defenders of freedom of expression.


This period has witnessed a major escalation in the attacks against human rights defenders and activists, as security forces arrested, among others, Wael Abbas and Haitham Mohammedeen from their homes and two of the founders of Al Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence were summoned in case 173/2011.

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TRIALS AND INVESTIGATIONS
 Founders of Al Nadeem summoned for investigations

On 24 May, founders of Al Nadeem Center Drs Suzan Fayad and Magda Adly were summoned to appear in front of the investigating judge on 31 May as part of the case 173/2011, known as the foreign funding case against NGOs. In the context of the same case, travel bans had already been imposed on Suzan Fayyad and Aida Seif El Dawla. Magda Ali joins now the long list of HRDs targeted in this case.

As Al Nadeem highlighted in a statement, this decision comes only a few weeks after the centre received the Amnesty International Germany’s Human Rights Award.
 
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Activist Amal Fathi’s pre-trial detention extended
 
On 24 May, the Maadi district prosecution renewed the detention of Amal Fathi for another 15 days pending investigations in case 1997/2018 for posting a video on Facebook ‘inciting the overthrow the regime, spreading false news and misusing the internet’.

On 11 May, security forces raided the home of Amal and her husband, the executive director of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), Mohammed Lotfy. Their three-year-old son was also present during the arrest. After been held in the Maadi police station, Amal was referred to the prosecutor.

Additionally, on 13 May, she was charged of deliberately thwarting the presidential elections, disturbing public opinion, joining a terrorist group, using the internet to spread ideas calling for terrorist acts, and deliberately spreading false news that harmed public interest. These accusations are part of a second case (621/2018) that also includes online activist Mohamed Oxygen.
 

Blogger Wael Abbas disappeared and referred to trial
 
On 23 May, security forces raided the house of journalist and blogger Wael Abbas, arresting him and seizing his personal belongings including telephones and computers. Wael was held in an unknown location until he appeared before the State Security Prosecution on 25 May, accused in case 441/2018. He is accused of cooperating with a terrorist group, spreading false news and using social media to spread his ideas.
 

Trial of lawyers adjourned
 
On 23 May, the Minya criminal court adjourned to 2 July the trial of the lawyers accused of insulting the judiciary in the case known as ‘Matay lawyers’. The defendants have been released.
 

Academic expert on Sinai sentenced to 10 years
 
On 23 May, a military court sentenced researcher Ismail al-Iskandarani to 10 years in prison. Other defendants were also sentenced in the same case with verdicts ranking from 10 to 15 years. Some defendants were tried in absentia, on charges of joining a banned group and disclosing national security secrets related to the Sinai Peninsula.
 

Lawyer of the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) investigated

On 22 May, lawyer Alaa Abdeltawab of the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) appeared before the investigating judge in case 173/2011. The judge decided to release him on bail of 10,000 Egyptian pounds pending investigations.
 

Lawyer Haitham Mohammadeen receives pre-trial detention
 
On 18 May, security forces arrested lawyer and activist Haitham Mohammadeen from his home and held him in detention in al-Saf police station. On 19 May, he appeared before the State Security prosecution as he was charged with having ties with a terrorist group by carrying out its objectives, protesting and inciting to protest. The prosecution ordered his pre-trial detention for 15 days pending investigations in case 718/2018 of the State Security, known as the metro case.
 
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