Egypt detains award-winning rights lawyer

AFP
September 23,2019

Massry, a political activist and human rights defender, has been tried and jailed twice for taking part in demonstrations.

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CAIRO: Mahienour El-Massry "was arrested as soon as she left the State Security Prosecutor´s headquarters in Cairo, where she had attended the investigations as a lawyer for several of those arrested during the demonstrations", Tarek al-Awadi said.

Hundreds of Egyptians took to the streets in Cairo and several other cities across the country on Friday to call for Sisi´s departure.

According to the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights, 365 people have since been arrested.

Massry, a political activist and human rights defender, has been tried and jailed twice for taking part in demonstrations.

In December 2013, following the army´s overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi following mass protests, she was arrested and imprisoned until September 2014 on charges of participating in a demonstration without a permit.

While in prison, Massry received the Ludovic Trarieux Award, an international prize given out annually to a lawyer for contributions to human rights.

In 2015, Massry was given another year-long sentence for taking part in a sit-in during Morsi´s rule.

Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following Morsi´s 2013 ouster.

Sisi was elected president the following year with 96.9 percent of the vote.


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