Egypt: Release of human rights lawyer Mahienour el-Massry
Maheinour participated in a peaceful protest with Moataseem and several activists in June 2016.
On 18 Nov2017, Mahienour was being held at the detention until a verdict was reached in December. On 30 Dec 2017, Mahienour and Moataseem were sentenced to two years in prison for “participating in an unauthorized protest” and “show of force”. On 13 Jan 2018, the Court of Appeals acquitted Mahienour and Moataseem of all charges.
"Rare moments of justice like this offer a glimmer of hope to thousands of other people who are detained in Egypt without legitimate reason as part of the authorities’ ongoing crackdown on activists and civil society."
“The Egyptian authorities must now stop arbitrarily detaining people and halt the brutal crackdown on human rights. We also look forward to the release of Moataseem Medhat who was acquitted in the same case alongside Mahienour."
Human Rights Magazine - Winter Issue is published!
Recently, a number of activists were prosecuted for the offence of “taking part in an unauthorised assembly”. These incidents have raised public awareness in the controversy of the Public Order Ordinance. Is freedom of peaceful assembly fully protected under the statutory law in Hong Kong? What rights and restrictions do we have in a peaceful assembly?
The latest issue of Human Rights Magazine focuses on “human rights defenders and the restrictions to the Rights of Freedom of Assembly". It discusses the concept of “Human Rights Defenders” and the recent BRAVE campaign launched by the Amnesty International. We also invited Yap Swee Seng, Malaysian Human Rights defender to share the human rights condition and strategies of the social movement in Malaysia, so as to review the freedom of assembly condition in Hong Kong.
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