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 © Hossam el-Hamalawy

17th October 2019, 09:43:03 UTC

Three human rights activists arrested amidst the largest arrest campaign since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s access to power in 2014.

Mahienour el-Masry is a prominent human rights lawyer in Alexandria. She plays a leading role in defending the rights of workers, women and refugees. Alaa Abdel Fattah is a well-known political activist and government critic. Mohamed el-Baqer is a human rights lawyer and director of Adalah Center for Rights and Freedoms which he founded in 2014. The center focuses on criminal justice, education and students’ rights.

On 20 and 21 September 2019, scattered protests broke out in different Egyptian cities calling on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to resign. The Egyptian security forces have carried out sweeping arrests of protesters, rounded up journalists, human rights lawyers, activists, protesters and political figures in a bid to silence critics and deter further protests from taking place. The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms reported that at least 2,300 have been arrested in relation to the protests.

On 22 September 2019, Mahienour el-Masry, was arrested as she left the Supreme State Security Prosecution (SSSP) building in Alexandria. An SSSP prosecutor later questioned her on unfounded charges including “aiding a terrorist group in achieving its goals” and “spreading false news” in a case related to the March 2019 anti-government protests. The prosecutor then ordered her detention in Al Qanater women’s prison for 15 days, pending investigations.

On 29 September 2019, prominent political activist and government critic Alaa Abdel Fattah was arrested from his probation cell in Cairo. Later that day, human rights lawyer Mohamed el-Baqer was arrested while working as a lawyer for Alaa Abdel Fattah.

Join us now to urge Counsellor Hamada al-Sawi to release Mahienour el-Masrym, Mohamed el-Baqer and Alaa Abdel Fattah immediately.

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