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Date : Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Trial observation report: Woman human rights defender Amal Fathy’s case An example of grave human rights violations in Egypt

Human Rights
Date: Wednesday, 10 April 2019 17:00

Venue: European Parliament, Spinelli building, Room 5G315

EuroMed Rights and the Solicitors’ International Human Rights Group (SIHRG) are pleased to invite you to the presentation of a new trial observation report on the case of woman human rights defender Amal Fathy.

RSVP by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Tuesday 9th April at midnight CET (please include your passport / ID number, nationality and date of birth).

The report will be discussed by Anne-Marie Irwin and Lionel Blackman of SIHRG. Mohamed Lotfy, the husband of Amal Fathy and founder of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms, will also speak at the presentation via video call.

The report reveals severe violations of international law committed by Egypt during an unfair trial. Of particular concern is that many of the issues identified in Ms Fathy’s trial are not unique to her case but are systemic within the Egyptian judicial system. The observers therefore recommend that Egyptian authorities urgently address fundamental concerns within the wider criminal justice system.
Activist Amal Fathy was arrested on 11 May 2018 for a video posted on her Facebook account on 9 May 2018 criticising the failure of the Egyptian government to protect women against sexual harassment. Security forces raided her house, where she was present with her husband and their three-year-old child. Ms Fathy was charged with diffusing false news, inducement to felony, disseminating material against public morals, and ‘cursing that comprises no attribution of a specific fact’ and held in pre-trial detention.

Additionally, on 13 May 2018, she was charged in another case with deliberately thwarting the presidential elections, disturbing public opinion, joining a banned group, using the internet to spread ideas calling for terrorist acts, and deliberately spreading false news that harmed public interest. 

Conditionally released following a court order of 18 December pending investigation, her probation conditions include regular police monitoring and a requirement not to leave her home except for medical treatment. 

In their report, EuroMed Rights and SIHRG raise concern over what they find to be breaches of Ms Fathy’s right to know the details of the charges against her, to prepare a defence, and to be presumed innocent, as well as her right to legal assistance and her right to call and examine witnesses.

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  • Wednesday, 10 April 2019 17:00

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