Solidarity with the hunger strikers in Egypt

A growing number of political prisoners in Egypt have started hunger strikes in protest at lengthy jail terms, long periods of pre-trial detention, and ill-treatment in prison. Download powerpoint presentations with a full list of hunger strikers both inside and outside prison (correct on 6 September 2014) [inside prison] and [outside prison] Ahmed Maher One…

Retrial of Alaa Abdel Fattah and others adjourned until September

Alaa Abdel Fattah and other defendants sentenced in the “Shura Council Case” to fifteen years in jail saw their retrial adjourned until 10 September during a short court hearing on 6 August. The 24 accused were originally handed down long sentences in absentia, after the time of their hearing was moved forward without informing them.…

Mahienour’s sentence reduced on appeal, but other trials postponed

Mahienour el-Masry’s appeal against a two-year jail sentence for breaking the protest law saw her jail term reduced to six months. In statement released through her lawyer after the verdict was announced on 20 July, Mahienour condemned the judgement as “invalid” The sentence is purely political and was arrived at under pressure, because if the…

International solidarity lifts #noprotestlaw campaign while Cairo march attacked

Protesters¬†took to the streets of cities in four continents over two days of international solidarity actions backing the #noprotestlaw campaign. Demonstrations and rallies took place in Buenos Aires, Athens, Dublin, Derry, Paris, Berlin, London and New York City demanding the release of political prisoners and highlighting the cases of activists tried under the repressive protest…