Human Rights and Protection of Lawyers

Judicial harassment against Mahienour El-Massry, recipient of the 2014 Ludovic Trarieux Prize

Ms. Mahienour El Massry, recipient of the 2014 Ludovic Trarieux Prize for Human Rights, is still charged with “insulting government employees in the performance of their duties”, “insulting representatives of the authorities” and “attempting to break into a police station” in relation to the events of March 2013, when she had gone to the El-Raml police station in Alexandria, along with four other lawyers, in order to defend demonstrators who had been arrested after clashes between pro- and anti-Morsi Factions.

According to the information received, during the last hearing held on November 17, 2014, the Raml Misdemeanour Court adjourned the trial to December 8 to hear the pleas of the defence and to include a police case report (please click here).

The UIA is closely following the proceeding held against Ms. El Massry to ensure her right to a fair trial and other defense rights are respected.  

Please find below the letter the UIA sent to Egyptian authorities expressing its concern and urging them to put an end to all acts of harassment against Ms. Mahienour El-Massry and all human rights lawyers in Egypt.