Latest news
map

Egypt Tarek Hussein released, trial of Khaled Ali postponed

10 Aug 17 

On 27 July 2017, human rights lawyer Tarek Hussein was released after being detained for 40 days. He has been reunited with  his family. Tarek Hussein could still potentially be imprisoned as the Prosecutor has not formally closed the investigation. L4L welcomes his release and will continue to monitor his situation closely.

Tarek Hussein was arrested on 17 June 2017. The police  also confiscated his laptop and cell phone. He was accused of “joining an illegal organisation” and “calling for a protest”. On 18 June 2017 the Al-Khanka District Prosecutor decided that  Tarek Hussein could be released on bail of  2000 EGP (approx. 99 euros) which he duly paid. However he was not released. L4L called on the authorities to immediately release him.

Tarek Hussein’s arrest came amidst  a renewed crackdown on human rights defenders after the Egyptian Parliament voted to transfer the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia, which triggered wide popular opposition. Tarek Hussein was the lawyer for several of those  arrested in that crackdown.

Another lawyer was arrested in connection with the protests over the transfer of the Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia. On 23 May 2017, Khaled Ali, a prominent human rights lawyer and a former presidential candidate, was arrested. The day  after he was released on bail. According to his lawyer, Negad el Borai, Khaled Ali was charged with making physical gestures “that violate public morals”. The charge relates to a photo showing Khalid Ali celebrating with his supporters outside the Supreme Administrative Court, after the court issued a judgement  reversing a government decision to hand over control of the Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia. Khaled Ali denied the charges. If he is found guilty he can receive not only a prison sentence or a fine, but it would also mean he would no longer be eligible to stand for election. We were informed that the court hearing in the trial against Khaled Ali has been postponed to 18 September 2017.

L4L will continue to  monitor the case against human rights lawyer Khaled Ali closely.

News Egypt


Turkey Ramazan Demir recipient of 2017 IBA Human Rights Award

13 Oct 17 Lawyers for Lawyers congratulates human rights lawyer Ramazan Demir on receiving the 2017 IBA Human Rights Award. He accepted the Award on Friday 13 October 2017 in Sydney at the International Bar Association (IBA) Conference. Lawyers for Lawyers nominated Ramazan Demir for the IBA Human Rights Award because we believe he is “a prominent and […]

Egypt Arrest of lawyer Ibrahim Metwally

27 Sep 17 L4L has grave concerns about the abduction and incommunicado detention of Mr. Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy, human rights lawyer, Co-founder and Coordinator of the Association of the Families of the Disappeared in Egypt. L4L has sent a letter to the Egyptian authorities to express concerns, and call for the release of Ibrahim Metwally. On 10 September […]

Egypt Letter about situation of lawyers

06 Jul 17 L4L has grave concerns about the situation of lawyers in Egypt. Recently, several lawyers were arrested. L4L has sent a letter to the Egyptian authorities to express concerns, and call for the release of these lawyers. On 23 May 2017,  Khaled Ali, a prominent human rights lawyer and a former presidential candidate, was summoned for […]

Egypt Travel ban and asset freeze against human rights lawyers

10 Dec 16 In a letter, L4L called upon the Egyptian authorities to immediately lift the travel ban against Azza Soliman and Malek Adly and to immediately and unconditionally lift the assets freeze imposed against Azza Soliman her law firm. L4L is extremely concerned about these acts of harassment against Ms. Azza Soliman and Mr. Malek Adly, which […]

Egypt Joint open letter to President Sisi

19 Sep 16 This August, lawyers Mahienour el-Massry and Malek Adly were both released. Mahienour had served her 15 months prison sentence; Malek was released pending further investigation in the case against him. However, both of them are facing (additional) charges and/or criminal investigations, as do many more lawyers in Egypt. L4L remains gravely concerned about the human […]