Fighting for justice: Day of the Endangered…
We honour the courage and commitment of lawyers around the world who fight for justice, ahead of the Day of the Endangered Lawyer on 24 January.
The president of the Arabic Republic of Egypt.
We’re concerned about the arrest and enforced disappearance of Mohamed el-Baqer, a human rights lawyer and director of Adalah Centre for Rights and Freedoms.
Mr El-Baqer was arrested at the State Security Prosecution premises on 29 September while meeting with his client, Alaa Abdel Fattah, who was also arrested that day.
While Mr El-Baqer has been held in pre-trial detention in the maximum-security wing two of Tora Prison, he’s been denied private meetings with his attorney and has been subject to ill treatment.
For the first nine days of his detention, Mr El-Baqer was denied the right to have clean clothes, access to clean water or take a shower.
To date, Mr El-Baqer is still not allowed to receive books or letters, use the prison library, pray in the prison mosque or enjoy outdoor exercise time. He continues to be held in a poorly ventilated and small cell that does not receive sunlight.
We respectfully urge the relevant authorities to:
We’ll continue to monitor the situation of Mohamed El-Baqer and other lawyers and human rights defenders in Egypt.