Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC and Jonathan Price, Doughty Street Chambers, have lodged a complaint to the United Nations on behalf of Egyptian campaigner Amal Fathy, her husband and their son after the family was seized by police.
Ms Fathy and her husband Mohamed Lotfy, co-founder of award-winning human rights group the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms, were arrested by police in the early hours of May 11. Their Cairo apartment was raided by armed police, searched and Ms Fathy, Mr Lotfy and their three year-old son Zidane taken to a police station.
Mr Lotfy and Zidane were released several hours later but Ms Fathy remains in custody. The trigger for the arrests was said at the time to be a short 12-minute Facebook video posted by Ms Fathy in which she complained about having been sexually harassed at a bank and the difficulties of being a woman in Egypt.
An urgent appeal has been lodged today with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression and the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders. A press release with more details about the case has been issued by Index on Censorship, the Egyptian Commission on Rights and Freedoms and Doughty Street Chambers, which you can read here. More information about the campaign can also be found on social media using the hashtag #FreeAmalFathy.
For more information, please contact Joy Hyvarinen at Index on Censorship: firstname.lastname@example.org.