Ibrahim Halawa

21 year old, Ibrahim Halawa has been unlawfully imprisoned in Egypt for 3 years since August 2013.

During a family holiday to Egypt, Ibrahim and his three sisters Omaima, Fatima and Somaia went to a protest in Cairo. When the protest turned violent they took refuge in the Al Fath mosque. Security forces stormed the mosque, arresting the four siblings. Ibrahim’s sisters were released on bail; almost three years later, he remains in prison.

Amnesty has conducted a thorough review of all of the evidence and concluded that Ibrahim could not have committed the violent crimes he’s been charged with. On the night of his arrest, our researchers were on the ground in Cairo. They confirm that he was arrested while sheltering from the violence. Ibrahim is a Prisoner of Conscience detained solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. His continuing imprisonment represents an inexcusable violation of both international and Egyptian law.

He faces a grossly unfair mass trial alongside 493 other defendants, which cannot meet international fair trial standards. In a mass trial, it is almost impossible for his lawyers to mount an individual defense. The Egyptian legal system has descended into a farce and his trial has been postponed thirteen times. During this time, this young Irish citizen has been living in truly horrific conditions in an Egyptian prison cell. If convicted, Ibrahim (who was just 17 years old when he was arrested) could face the death penalty.

During his arrest, Ibrahim was shot in the hand. He has never received proper medical treatment for this injury, except from a cellmate who happened to be a doctor. Amnesty International is gravely concerned for his mental and physical wellbeing.

Ibrahim must be immediately and unconditionally released

An application for his release is pending decision- it is vital to keep putting pressure on the Egyptian authorities to release him.

What You Can Do

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