Lawyers for Lawyers nominates Mahienour El-Massry for the Martin Ennals Award
Lawyers for Lawyers has nominated Mahienour El-Massry for the 2021 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. The award honours individuals and organizations who have shown exceptional commitment defending and promoting human rights, despite the risks involved.
Mahienour El-Massry is a prominent human rights lawyer in Egypt, known for her work to promote judicial independence and prisoner’s rights. She has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights for all. But to be a lawyer, particularly a human rights lawyer, and a human rights defender comes with unprecedented risks in Egypt today.
On 22 September 2019 El-Massry was arrested in front the State Security Prosecution office in Cairo, where she was following up on the investigations into a lawyer who was detained as part of a wider crackdown against human rights defenders and independent civil society organized by the Egyptian government. She remains in detention until now. Her detention is automatically renewed without a hearing due to the COVID-19 crisis.
This is not the first time Mahienour el-Massry was arrested as a result of adequately discharging her function as a lawyer. Since 2014, she has spent lengthy periods in Egyptian prison under difficult circumstances.
Lawyers for Lawyers is actively campaigning for Mahienour El-Massry as part of the #FreeTheLawyers campaign.
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