Amazing what can get you into trouble in Egypt..

May 25, 2015

Frontline NEWlogos-1 condensed version - croppedreports that on 21 May 2015, human rights defender Mr Negad El Borai was interrogated by an investigative judge in North Giza Court, Egypt, in relation to the drafting of a new anti-torture law! On 11 March 2015  United Group convened a meeting to discuss its draft law for the prevention of torture with other experts. The preparatory committee included judges Hisham Raouf, president of the Cairo Court of Appeal, and Assem Abdel-Gabbar, vice president of the Court of Cassation! A complaint was reportedly filed by the Supreme Judicial Council against the two judges prior to Negad El Borai’s interrogation. The draft law aims to bring Egypt’s domestic law in line with the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. The investigative judge summoned Negad El Borai for another interrogation session on 26 May, i.e. tomorrow.  This probably gives the investigative judge time to think of something to charge him with!

[Negad El Borai is a well-known figure in Egypt’s human rights movement. He is a lawyer and the head of the legal unit at United Group. He is also a columnist for Al Shorouk newspaper and has advocated for freedom of expression, assembly and association. The human rights defender was also the founder and president of Group for Democratic Development and the Secretary General of the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights.  In January 2014, Negad El Borai resigned from Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), protesting its politicised and inconsistent position on human rights abuses in Egypt.]

One Response to “Amazing what can get you into trouble in Egypt..”

  1. jankeulen Says:

    Reblogged this on bukraa.


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