STATEMENT: Continued prosecution and detention of Alaa Abd El Fattah, Mohamed El-Baqer and others before the Egyptian State Security Court raises concern about Egypt’s profound rule of law crisis

November 9, 2021
Alaa Abd El Fattah, a blogger and human rights defender, is currently accused of ‘belonging to a terrorist group’, ‘funding a terrorist group’, ‘spreading false news undermining national security’ and ‘using social media to commit publishing offences’. Alaa Abd El Fattah has, over much of the past decade, been repeatedly arrested and detained following participation...

BHRC condemns mass trial and sentencing of 759 individuals in Egypt: 75 receiving the death penalty, 45 life sentences and 5-10 year sentences for remaining

September 10, 2018
Following a mass trial of 759 individuals, on 8 September 2018, the Cairo Criminal Court from a courthouse attached to the Tora prison complex, handed down 75 death penalties, 45 life sentences and terms of imprisonment ranging 5-15 years for the remaining. The cases against five people who died in prison were dismissed. BHRC joins the...

BHRC welcomes Egypt’s long-overdue release of Aya Hegazy

April 21, 2017
The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales has welcomed today’s news that Egyptian-American charity founder Aya Hegazy has been released from prison after being acquitted of the charges against her, following almost three years of detention in Cairo. Ms. Hegazy is the co-founder of the Belady Foundation for street children, along with her...

BHRC expresses grave concern over arrest of Egyptian lawyer Azza Soliman

December 8, 2016
The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales has expressed its grave concern over the arrest yesterday of prominent Egyptian lawyer and human rights defender Azza Soliman. Ms. Soliman was arrested by Egyptian police at her home on the morning of 7 December, following an arrest warrant issued by the investigative judge in Egypt’s...