September 15, 2017

Urgent Action: Human Rights Lawyer Must Be Released (Egypt: UA 210.17)


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.

Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Urging the Egyptian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Ibrahim Metwaly as he is imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression and association;
  • Calling on them to ensure that Ibrahim Metwaly is protected from torture and ill-treatment, and has access to his family and a lawyer of his choosing, and any medical treatment he requires;
  • Calling on them to establish an independent and impartial investigation into allegations of enforced disappearances and sign the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

Contact these two officials by 27 October, 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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