Amnesty calls for immediate release of Haitham Mohamadein

Fears were mounting for Egyptian trade union lawyer and activist Haitham Mohamadein following his arrest from him home in the early hours of Friday 18 May. Over 24 hours since National Security officers and police stormed his home, there has been no confirmation of his whereabouts. In a strongly-worded statement issued on Friday night, Amnesty…

Labour laywer Haitham Mohamedein arrested by Egyptian security forces

Labour lawyer and activist Haitham Mohamedein was seized by Egyptian security forces early on 18 May, according to local media reports and human rights activists. National Security officers and police were reported to have stormed his house, taking him away to an unknown location. Haitham has been the target of repression by the Egyptian state…

Friends and colleagues demand justice for Giulio two years on

Friends and colleagues of murdered Cambridge PhD student Giulio Regeni gathered to protest at the Egyptian embassy with campaigners from Amnesty International and the UCU union on 2 February, marking the second anniversary of the discovery of his body. Giulio’s friend, journalist Laurie Blair spoke at the protest: Laurence Blair – comments outside Egyptian Embassy,…

Breaking news: Mahienour and Moatasem acquitted

Lawyer Mahienour el-Massry and trade unionist Moatasem Medhat have been acquitted on appeal by a court in Alexandria, the FreeMahienour Facebook page reported on 13 January. The two had been convicted of breaking Egypt’s repressive anti-protest law, and breaching a law on public assembly imposed by the British colonial authorities in 1914, and sentenced to…

Mahienour jailed pending new trial against lawyers and activists

Award-winning human rights lawyer Mahienour el-Massry is behind bars again, alongside co-defendant Moatasem Medhat, awaiting trial in a case against a group of lawyers and activists which will be heard on 30 December. Judges in the Montaza court in Alexandria remanded them in custody following a hearing where the other defendants in their case were…