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…

Trade unionists, journalists and academics condemn confiscation of Egyptian activists’ assets

Film-maker Ken Loach, Irish civil rights activist and journalist Eamonn McCann, the Communication Workers’ Union general secretary Billy Hayes and leading academics from Oxford, Cambridge, London and other UK universities yesterday signed a statement condemning the latest moves by Egypt’s military regime to clamp down on opposition activists. Published in The Guardian’s print edition this…

Journalists take a stand for colleagues in Egypt

Over 600 Egyptian journalists have signed a statement condemning a declaration of support for the government by their editors and the head of the Egyptian journalists’ union. Leading international journalists, including Channel 4’s Jon Snow, the Guardian’s correspondent in Cairo, Patrick Kingsley and Professor of Journalism at City University, Roy Greenslade have launched an open…

Alaa Abdel Fattah begins hunger strike

Statement from the Family of Alaa Abd El-Fattah, 19 August 2014 Alaa is on Hunger Strike: “I will no longer play the role they’ve written for me”. At 2 o’clock on the morning of Sunday August 17, Alaa visited his father, Ahmad Seif, in the ICU Unit of Qasr el-Eini hospital, after Seif had become unconscious.…

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.…