El-Massry

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Mahienour El-Massry

Egypt

On 18 November 2017, Mahienour El-Massry attended a session of the misdemeanour court in Alexandria in relation to her alleged participation in a protest against the government’s transfer of the Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia in June 2016. The court adjourned the case until 30 December 2017, and also ordered the two defendants that were present, Ms. El-Massry and Mr. Moatasem Medhat, to remain in custody pending trial. The case also concerns human rights lawyer Asmaa Naeem, lawyer Waleed El Ammary and Zeyad Abou Fadl. The five of them are accused of “participating in an unauthorized protest”, “insulting the President” and thuggery.

Ms. El-Massry is a prominent human rights lawyer and won the renowned Ludovic Trarieux Prize in 2014 for her outstanding efforts to advance human rights. This is not the first time she was arrested. Since 2014, she has spent lengthy periods in Egyptian prison under difficult circumstances. 

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