Kirsty Brimelow QC, Chairman of the Bar Human Rights Committee, issues a joint statement with Andrew Walker QC, Chairman of the Bar Council Andrew Walker in recognition of the Day of the Endangered Lawyer

On the day of the Endangered Lawyer, Kirsty Brimelow QC, Chair of BHRC, said:

 

“In 2016, BHRC, called upon the President of Egypt to end the persecution against lawyers in Egypt. “The Egyptian government continues to issue travel bans, freeze assets and detain human rights lawyers as part of an ongoing and sustained campaign to intimidate and undermine their work.

 

“Prominent figures currently facing persecution include Azza Soliman, a women’s rights lawyer and co-founder of the Centre for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA), Malek Adly, a human rights lawyer and director of Lawyers Network at the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR), and Khalid Ali, a workers’ rights lawyer. . They have been subject travel bans, asset freezes, imprisonment with hallmarks of solitary confinement, beatings and denial of family and lawyer visitation.

 

“On this important day, BHRC condemns this campaign to intimidate and undermine the work of these lawyers and others like them in Egypt.” 

 

Read the full statement here.

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