Update – Haitham released 14 October – go here to find out how you can support other campaigns for Egyptian political prisoners
Join the campaign in solidarity with labour lawyer and activist Haitham Mohamedain, who was one of over a thousand arrested in the crackdown over protests against the sell-off of the Tiran and Sanafir Islands by the Egyptian government to Saudi Arabia in April. Haitham is one of Egypt’s best known labour lawyers, and an activist with the Revolutionary Socialists. He has worked tirelessly to defend striking workers from attack by the state and employers both in on the picket line and in the courtroom, representing bus workers, health workers, steel workers and rail workers as well as victims of police torture and abuse. He was arrested previously in September 2013 while on the way to represent steel workers in Suez who had been arrested after the police attacked their sit-in, sparking an international solidarity campaign supported by the leaders the UK trade union movement.
Following Haitham’s arrest in April this year, prominent trade unionists, academics, lawyers and political figures launched a new campaign calling for his release. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP and Irish MPs and members of the Stormont Assembly in Northern Ireland from People before Profit are among the high-profile signatories to the solidarity statement. TDs (members of the Irish parliament) Brid Smith, RIchard Boyd Barrett and Gino Kenny, and elected members of the Northern Irish Stormont Assembly Gerry Carroll and Eamonn McCann have added their support. Other signatories include Ian Hodson, General Secretary of the bakers union BFAWU, leading labour lawyer John Hendy QC, Liz Lawrence, president of the lecturers’ union UCU and Lindsey German, convenor of Stop the War Coalition.
Haitham’s detention has also drawn condemnation from fellow lawyers, including the European Lawyers for Workers Network which issued a statement calling for his release in May.
What you can do:
- Sign the statement in solidarity with Haitham and other political prisoners online here