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[16days_discussion] Fwd: Update: Trial of Women Human Rights Defenders Postponed for Verdict Issuance

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Fri Oct 17 11:12:18 EDT 2014


FYI - 
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Please find below an update regarding the postponement of the trial of the
seven women human rights defenders arrested on 21 June 2014. Please join
Nazra for Feminist Studies in calling on the authorities in Egypt to
release the women human rights defenders and to drop all charges directed
at them stemming from the legitimate exercise of the rights to freedom of
expression and peaceful assembly. Please find the update attached for your
convenience. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or
queries.

Sincerest Regards,
Amal Elmohandes

-- 
Amal Elmohandes . Director . Women Human Rights Defenders Program . Nazra
for Feminist Studies
أمل المهندس . مديرة . برنامج المدافعات عن حقوق الإنسان . نظرة للدراسات
النسوية
website <http://nazra.org/> . twitter <http://twitter.com/#%21/nazraegypt> .
 facebook <http://www.facebook.com/Nazra.for.Feminist.Studies>
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16 October 2014



*Update**: Trial of Women Human Rights Defenders Postponed for Verdict
Issuance*



On 11 October 2014, the Police Institute near Tora postponed the trial of
the seven women human rights defenders until 16 October 2014. On October
16, 2014, a decision was made to postpone the trial for the issuance of a
verdict on October 26, 2014, with the continuance of the detention of the
seven women human rights defenders and other protesters. The decision to
postpone was taken after the court heard the statements of lawyers
defending those detained.


The seven women human rights defenders arrested amongst others included Ms.
Sanaa Seif, Ms. Yara Sallam, Ms. Hanan Mustafa Mohamed, Ms. Salwa Mihriz,
Ms. Samar Ibrahim, Ms. Nahid Sherif (known as Nahid Bebo) and Ms. Fikreya
Mohamed (known as Rania El-Sheikh). They were arrested on 21 June 2014
along with others for protesting peacefully against the Protest and Public
Assembly Law.


Ms. Sanaa Seif and the other women human rights defenders are currently
being held in Qanater women’s prison. On 28 August 2014, Ms. Sanaa Seif
decided to begin an open hunger strike where she is taking water only, to
protest against the Protest and Public Assembly Law, which has led to the
continuation of her arbitrary arrest and others. The decision to begin a
hunger strike came amidst the passing away of her father, human rights
defender Mr. Ahmed Seif El-Islam, and continued imprisonment of her
brother, human rights defender Mr. Alaa Abd El-Fattah, who also began an
open hunger strike on 18 August 2014.


Nazra for Feminist Studies expresses its concern at the postponement of the
trial and extension of pre-trial detention for a period exceeding four
months. *Nazra for Feminist Studies urges the Egyptian authorities to
immediately and unconditionally release the aforementioned women human
rights defenders and drop all charges directed at them stemming from the
legitimate exercise of the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful
assembly. It also urges the Egyptian authorities to take all measures to
guarantee the physical and psychological integrity and security of all
seven women human rights defenders. *


*For further information on this case, please refer to Nazra for Feminist
Studies’ urgent appeals and updates dated **22 June 2014*
<http://nazra.org/en/node/327>*, **26 June 2014*
<http://nazra.org/en/node/330>*, **29 June 2014*
<http://nazra.org/en/node/332>* and **12 July 2014*
<http://nazra.org/en/node/337>*. *




-- 
Amal Elmohandes . Director . Women Human Rights Defenders Program . Nazra
for Feminist Studies
أمل المهندس . مديرة . برنامج المدافعات عن حقوق الإنسان . نظرة للدراسات
النسوية
website <http://nazra.org/> . twitter <http://twitter.com/#%21/nazraegypt> .
 facebook <http://www.facebook.com/Nazra.for.Feminist.Studies>


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