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Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Lawyer Detained In Dire Conditions (Egypt: UA 210.17)

September 28, 2017

Ibrahim Metwaly, human rights lawyer and co-founder of the Families of the Disappeared in Egypt group, was detained on 10 September while on his way to Geneva to address the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. After being held incommunicado for two days by Egyptian security forces, the Prosecutor has now ordered his detention for a further 15 days, pending investigation.

Detained human rights lawyer Ibrahim Metwaly is being held in solitary confinement and has raised allegations of torture and ill-treatment. The co-founder of the Families of the Disappeared in Egypt group has been detained since 10 September and has had no access to his family since then. 1) TAKE ACTION Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
  • Immediately and unconditionally release Ibrahim Metwaly as he is detained solely for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression and association;
  • Ensure that, pending his release, he is protected from torture and other ill-treatment and held in humane conditions of detention, including by ending his solitary confinement and allowing him access to his family;
  • Order an investigation into his allegations of torture;
  • Establish an independent and impartial investigation into allegations of enforced disappearances, including the case of Ibrahim Metwaly’s son, and sign the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

Contact these two officials by 9 November, 2017: 

Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel Ghaffar Ministry of Interior Fifth Settlement, New Cairo, Egypt Fax: +202 2794 5529 +2027927189 Email: [email protected] or [email protected]  Twitter: @moiegy Salutation: Dear Minister

Ambassador Yasser Reda, Embassy of Egypt 3521 International Ct NW, Washington DC 20008 Fax: +202 244 4319  or  +202 244 5131  I  Phone: +202 895 5400 Email: [email protected] Salutation: Dear Ambassador 

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