Arrest of lawyer Mohamed Ramadan
Lawyers for Lawyers is concerned about the arrest and detention of human rights lawyer Mohamed Ramadan. On 2 January 2019, we called upon the Egyptian authorities to immediately release Mohamed Ramadan and drop all the charges against him.
Mohamed Ramadan is a human rights lawyer who previously worked for the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI). His activities include legal representation of victims of torture and providing legal assistance to human rights defenders and political prisoners.
On 10 December 2018, Mr. Ramadan was arrested by plainclothes security officers after attending proceedings concerning the renewal of a detention order against one of his clients. Mr. Ramadan is facing several charges including “belonging to a banned group”, “spreading false news through social media” and “provoking social unrest”. The police claim to have seized five yellow jackets during his arrest that they suspect were going to be used in protests against the regime. He was taken to the National Security Agency headquarter in Alexandria and his whereabouts remained unknown to his family and lawyers until he appeared before the public prosecution in Alexandria on 11 December 2018. The public prosecution ordered the 15 days pre-trial detention of the human rights defender.
Furthermore, on 25 December 2018, an Alexandria prosecutor’s office renewed the detention of Mr. Ramadan for 15 days. Mr. Ramadan has reportedly been suffering from a series of health complications and a lack of proper medical care in custody.
Lawyers for Lawyers is very concerned about the situation of lawyers in Egypt. The arrest of Mr. Ramadan seems to be part of a wider crackdown by the Egyptian authorities against human rights defenders, including lawyers, and independent civil society. Lawyers for Lawyers will continue to closely monitor the case of Mohamed Ramadan.
Meer nieuws uit Egypte
Mohamed El-Baqer arrested
On 29 September 2019, the Egyptian authorities arrested lawyer and human rights defender Mohamed El-Baqer in Cairo. The current place of his detention remains unknown. This was reported by Frontline Defenders. Mohamed El-Baqer is an Egyptian lawyer and human rightsLees verder
Letter on arrest Mahienour El-Massry
Lawyers for Lawyers is deeply concerned about the arrest of Egyptian lawyer and human rights defender Mahienour El-Massry in Cairo. We expressed these concerns in a letter to the Egyptian authorities. On 22 September 2019, Mahienour El-Massry was arrested byLees verder
UPR submission Egypt
On 28 March 2019, Lawyers for Lawyers submitted a report for the Universal Periodic Review of Egypt. This review will take place in October/November 2019. In the report, Lawyers for Lawyers highlighted that the Egyptian authorities do not always uphold the necessary guaranteesLees verder
Concerns over arrests lawyers
Lawyers for Lawyers is concerned about the arrests of several lawyers in Egypt. We expressed these concerns in a letter to the Egyptian authorities. According to public reports, members of the Nasr City Police Investigation Department and the National SecurityLees verder