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We reject the decisions of the exceptional courts against human rights defenders and activists in Egypt

مُتاح أيضًا بـ: We reject the decisions of the exceptional courts against human rights defenders and activists in Egyptالعربية (Arabic)

The signatory organizations condemn the ruling issued on December 20, 2021, by the Emergency State Security Court in which the activist Alaa Abdel Fattah was sentenced to 5 years in prison, and the lawyer and director of the Adalah Center for Rights and Freedoms Muhammad Al-Baqer was sentenced to 4 years in prison, alongside with the journalist and blogger Muhammad Ibrahim in Case No. 1228 of 2021 Emergency State Security Misdemeanor. It demands the President of the Republic in accordance with his powers to repeal this provision.

The verdict was issued the day before yesterday by an exceptional court that lacks the minimum limits for a fair trial. This verdict may not be appealed in any way, and the trial process itself witnessed a number of violations of the rights of the three activists to defend themselves, over the course of three sessions prior to pronouncing the verdict, the court did not respond to any of the requests submitted by the three activists’ defense and The three defendants were also not confronted with any evidence of the accusations against them, except for some old posts attributed to them on Facebook, and the court did not allow international observers to attend the sessions, even though they were public sessions. During the sentencing session, an attempt was made to evacuate the hall from the families of the three activists, but it was unsuccessful. The verdict was not pronounced by the judge since he did not come out to do so.

The three activists have been in pretrial detention since they were arrested in September 2019, under their accusation in Case No. 1356 of 2019 limiting the security of a supreme state in which they were accused of joining a terrorist group and spreading false news that harms state security, and it is the case in which one of its accusations was copied to refer them to trial in the case in which the verdict was issued the day before yesterday. In addition, the State Security Prosecution in August 2021 indicted human rights lawyer Muhammad Al-Baqer in a new case, with the same charges as in the first case. The new case of Al-Baqer carries No. 855 of 2020 limiting the investigation of the Supreme State Security Prosecution.

During their detention, the three activists suffered from harsh and inhumane conditions of detention, including torture and ill-treatment since the beginning of their detention, in addition to depriving activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah of visitation and depriving blogger Mohamed Ibrahim of visiting for more than 15 months, which prompted him to attempt suicide in his prison before his life was saved also in November 2020, Muhammad Al-Baqer and Alaa Abdel-Fattah were included on the terrorist lists.

This ruling came a few months after the Egyptian government announced the first “national strategy for human rights” to remind us of the real strategy in which the rights and freedoms of citizens in this country are managed, which differ radically from those written in national documents and plans that are celebrated in conference halls or in front of international human rights mechanisms, and the international community.

The signatory organizations renew their refusal to refer Egyptian human rights defenders and activists to trials, especially exceptional ones, it also calls on the President of the Republic to rescind the ruling issued the day before yesterday against the three activists and to end their prolonged pretrial detention in violation of the law.

The Signatory Organizations

  1. -Outcast Tunisia
  2. -Nomad08 association
  3. -Aswat Nissa association
  4. -Tunisian Association of Defending Individual liberties (ADLI)
  5. -Association of Dancers Citizens of the South-Tunisia
  6. -Tunisian Youth Leaders organization
  7. -The Right to Diversity Association – Tunisia (ADD)
  8. -Intersection Association for Rights and Freedoms (IARF)
  9. -CALAM Association-Tunisia
  10. -Nachaz Dissonances association-Tunisia
  11. -Efforts to support human rights defenders
  12. -Damj the Tunisian Association for Justice and Equality
  13. -Tunisian League for Human Rights (LTDH)
  14. -Tunisian Coalition Against the Death Penalty (CTCPM)
  15. -Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor
  16. -Democratic Transition & Human Rights Support (DAAM)
  17. -Tunisian Organization Against Torture (OCTTUN)
  18. -Freedom Martyr Nabil Barakati Organization: Dhekra and Wafaa –Tunisia
  19. -HuMENA For Human Rights and Civic Engagement
  20. -AFD International Organization for Human Rights
  21. -Skyline International for Human Rights
  22. -Geneva Council For Rights and Liberties (GenevaCRL)

مُتاح أيضًا بـ: We reject the decisions of the exceptional courts against human rights defenders and activists in Egyptالعربية (Arabic)

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