General: Egypt: GCHR expresses solidarity with prominent human rights lawyer Gamal Eid as he heads to trial

16.08.16

Update: Egypt: The Hearing in the trial of prominent human rights lawyer Gamal Eid in which the verdict will be declared has been postponed to 17 September 2016.

2016-08-15

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) expresses solidarity with prominent Egyptian human rights lawyer Gamal Eid, who will be in court on 15 August 2016 to hear a verdict in a case related to the human rights work of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), of which he is Executive Director.

Eid is one of the most visible targets of Case no. 173, the so-called “foreign funding” case, which the government revived for use against a number of civil society organisations and heads. Eid is alleged to have accepted foreign funding without authorization – charges that since an amendment to Egypt’s penal code in 2014, can carry a penalty of life imprisonment. Since February Eid has been banned from travel abroad without explanation or option of appeal, and he also had his assets and those of his family frozen.

On 15 August, the judge will issue a verdict about the request to freeze the assets of Eid and his family. ANHRI has published a document outlining the “22 lies and false information in the case files.” See: http://anhri.net/?p=172205&lang=en

Khalid Ibrahim, GCHR Co-Director, said, “I’ve known Gamal Eid for a very long time, which allows me to say that he is totally loyal to principles of human rights, peaceful, honest and brave. He defended the rights of MENA citizens and elsewhere including those who opposed him. I call on the Egyptian government to stop targeting Gamal as the hearts of all freedom lovers across the planet are with him. No doubt everyone knows that all the accusations against him are based on fabricated charges.”

Eid founded ANHRI in 20003 to strive to protect freedom of opinion, belief and expression in the whole region.