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

1 - 15 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.


During the first half of May, human rights activist Amal Fathi was arrested for sharing a Facebook video criticising the government's failure in fighting sexual harassment in Egypt.

If you wish to obtain more information on individual cases, you can send an e-mail to:
TRIALS AND INVESTIGATIONS
 Blogger Mohammed Oxygen and activist Sherif al-Rouby imprisoned for 15 days
 
On May 13, The Supreme State Security Prosecution decided to detain for 15 days blogger Mohammed Oxygen, founder of Oxygen Egypt blog, and activist Sherif al-Rouby, a member of the “April 6 Youth Movement”. They are accused of having joined a banned group and having spread false news.
 

Activist Amal Fathi, wife of Mohamed Lotfy, the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) Director, was arrested after a raid at their house
 
On 11 May, at dawn, security forces entered the home of activist Amal Fathi and the director of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) Mohammed Lotfy, arresting the couple and their 3-year-old son. They have been held in Maadi police station. Mohammed Lotfy and the child were released, but Amal was referred to the prosecutor on charges of publishing a Facebook video inciting to overthrow the regime, spreading false news and misusing the Internet. The prosecutor decided to hold her for 15 days in detention pending investigation.

On 12 May, she was instead accused 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 and rumors that disturb public security and harm public interest. The prosecution decided to detain her for additional 15 days.
 

Investigation with lawyer Rawda Ahmed from The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI)
 
On 8 May, after being summoned by the investigating judge in case No. 173 of 2011, known as the “foreign funding case”, lawyer Rawda Ahmed of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) appeared before the judge who decided to postpone the process to a date that is to be determined later.
 

Investigation with lawyer Mohamed Abdel Azim from the Egyptian Center for Social and Economic Rights (ECESR)
 
On 6 May, after being summoned by the investigating judge in case No. 173 of 2011 known as the foreign funding case, former lawyer at the Egyptian Center for Social and Economic Rights (ECESR) Mohamed Abdel Azim appeared before the judge who decided to release him on bail of 20,000 Egyptian pounds.
 

Imprisonment renewal for Dr. Gamal Abdel Fattah, activist Hassan Hussein and student Ahmed Gamal Manna'
 
On 3 May, the Supreme State Security Prosecution decided to renew the imprisonment of pharmacist Gamal Abdel Fattah and activists Hassan Hussein and Ahmed Manna' for 15 additional days pending investigations against the backdrop of their call for boycotting the presidential elections because of the violations and lack of competitiveness, in case No. 482 of 2018.
 
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