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

1 - 21 June 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.


Trials and imprisonment renewals of human rights defenders continued during this period, as well as the investigations in case 173/ 2011.

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TRIALS AND INVESTIGATIONS
 Prominent feminist summoned for interrogation

On 20 June, prominent woman human rights defender Mozn Hassan, founder and executive director of Nazra for Feminist Studies, appeared before the investigative judge in case 173/2011, known as the “NGO foreign funding case”. Ms Hassan was released on bail of 30,000 EGP on charges of receiving foreign funding with the purpose of harming national security, establishing an organisation in violation of the law and conducting activities that do not abide by its purposes. Previously, Ms Hassan had also been accused of “inciting and calling for the irresponsible liberation of women”.

Earlier this year, Nazra for Feminist Studies had to close its office in Cairo as a direct consequence of the freezing of Ms Hassan’s personal assets as well as those of the association as part of the case, despite being a legally registered association since 2017.
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Amal Fathi's release approved in case related to video post
 
On 19 June, Maadi misdemeanour appellate court judge ordered the release of activist Amal Fathi, wife of the executive director of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms, on bail of 10,000 Egyptian pounds, pending investigations in case 1997/2018. She is charged with posting a video on Facebook inciting the overthrow of the regime, spreading false news and misusing the internet. As the prosecution in the case  appealed the decision, Ms Fathi appeared before a criminal court on 21 June. The court decided to approve the release.

Ms Fathi will remain in pre-trial detention regardless of this decision, as she is also accused of several charges, including joining a terrorist group, as part of state security case 621/2018.
 
April 6 Youth Movement cofounder detained

On 18 June, the leader of the April 6 youth movement, Mohamed Adel, was detained during one of the routine check-ins at a local police station that he must attend since his release from prison in July 2017. His detention was ordered for 15 days pending investigation on charges of spreading false news.
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Cofounder of El Nadeem released on bail
 
On 13 June, the investigative judge ordered the release of Magda Adly, a doctor and woman human rights defender at El Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture. The bail was set at 20,000 EGP after her interrogation in case 173/2011, known as the NGO foreign funding case.
 

Activist Haitham Mohammadeen’s detention renewed
 
On 13 June, the state security prosecution renewed the detention of lawyer and leftist activist Haitham Mohamadeen for 15 days pending investigations in case 718/2018 on charges of participating in the activities of a terrorist group, protesting and inciting to protest.

Security forces arrested Mr Mohammadin on 18 May from his home in Giza and detained him in the Al-Saf police station. On 19 May, he was referred to the state security prosecution, which carried out the investigation.
 

Detention renewal of Gamal Abdel Fattah, Hassan Hussein and Ahmed Manna
 
On 13 June, the state security prosecution renewed the detention of doctor Gamal Abdel Fattah, and activists Hassan Hussein and Ahmed Manna' for 15 days pending investigations in case 482/2018 on charges of establishing and joining a terrorist group, promoting its ideas through Facebook and spreading false news.
 

Constitutional court review puts trial of lawyer Mohammed Ramadan on hold

On 10 June, the Alexandria criminal court decided to stop presiding over the retrial proceedings of human rights lawyer Mohammed Ramadan until the constitutionality of some articles of the anti-terrorism law is determined. He received a 10-year prison sentence for insulting the president, misusing social media and inciting violence. Mr Ramadan’s defence challenged the law before the Constitutional Court, which will examine the constitutionality of the articles and the validity of their implementation.
 

Lawyer Rawda Ahmed released on bail
 
On 7 June, the investigative judge in the NGO foreign funding case ordered the release of Ms Rawda Ahmed of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) on bail of 20,000 Egyptian pounds pending investigations.
 
Khaled Ali’s trial adjourned
 
On 6 June, the Dokki misdemeanours appellate court postponed the trial of Khaled Ali in his appeal against the court of first instance’s decision sentencing him to three months of prison for allegedly making an obscene gesture. The trial has been adjourned to 5 September 2018 to fulfil the demands of the defence.
 
Detention of blogger Wael Abbas renewed
 
On 4 June, the state security prosecution renewed the detention of journalist and blogger Wael Abbas for 15 days pending investigations into case 441/2018 on charges of participating in the activities of a terrorist group, promoting its ideas through social media and spreading false news.
The Egyptian security forces raided Mr Abbas’s home on 23 May, arresting him and seizing his personal belongings, including computers and smartphones. His whereabouts remained unknown until he appeared at the state security prosecution two days after.

 
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