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Arrest and detention of human rights defender and lawyer Mohamed Ramadan

Status: 
Detained
About the situation

On 16 October 2019, the Criminal Court of Alexandria renewed the detention of human rights defender Mohamed Ramadan for another 45 days.

On 4 September 2019, the Criminal Court of Alexandria renewed the detention of human rights defender Mohamed Ramadan for 45 days for "investigation reasons".

On 24 July 2019, the Criminal Court of Alexandria renewed the detention of human rights defender Mohamed Ramadan. He is not permitted to appeal this decision. Since his arrest on 10 December 2018, family visits have been banned and the public prosecutor has refused all of Mohamed Ramadan's requests to visit his sick mother or to attend her funeral. The next detention renewal hearing is scheduled for 4 September 2019.

On 17 December 2018, the East Alexandria Misdemeanor Appeal Court rejected the appeal presented that day by human rights defender Mohamed Ramadan challenging the 15 days detention order made by the public prosecution upon his arrest on 10 December 2018.

About Mohamed Ramadan

Mohamed RamadanMohamed Ramadan is a human rights lawyer who previously worked for the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI). His activities include legal representation of victims of torture and providing legal assistance to human rights defenders and political prisoners.

17 October 2019
Mohamed Ramadan's sentence renewed

On 16 October 2019, the Criminal Court of Alexandria renewed the detention of human rights defender Mohamed Ramadan for another 45 days.

9 August 2019
Detention of Mohamed Ramadan renewed

On 24 July 2019, the Criminal Court of Alexandria renewed the detention of human rights defender Mohamed Ramadan. He is not permitted to appeal this decision. Since his arrest on 10 December 2018, family visits have been banned and the public prosecutor has refused all of Mohamed Ramadan's requests to visit his sick mother or to attend her funeral. The next detention renewal hearing is scheduled for 4 September 2019.
 

17 December 2018
Arrest and detention of human rights defender and lawyer Mohamed Ramadan

On 17 December 2018, the East Alexandria Misdemeanor Appeal Court rejected the appeal presented that day by human rights defender Mohamed Ramadan challenging the 15 days detention order made by the public prosecution upon his arrest on 10 December 2018.

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Mohamed Ramadan is a human rights lawyer who previously worked for the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI). His activities include legal representation of victims of torture and providing legal assistance to human rights defenders and political prisoners.

On 10 December 2018, Mohamed Ramadan was arrested by plainclothes security officers and is facing several charges including “belonging to a banned group”, “spreading false news through social media” and “provoking social unrest”. The police claim to have seized five yellow jackets during his arrest that they suspect were going to be used in protests against the regime. He was taken to the National Security Agency headquarter in Alexandria and his whereabouts remained unknown to his family and lawyers until he appeared before the public prosecution in Alexandria on 11 December 2018. The public prosecution ordered the 15 days pre-trial detention of the human rights defender.

On 16 December 2018, the Alexandria public security directorate refused to bring Mohamed Ramadan to the court to sign his appeal request. He was only allowed to sign it the following day. The human rights defender also complained about his detention conditions, as he is being held in solitary confinement since his arrest, in a small cell without sanitary facilities.

Mohamed Ramadan was previously subject to judicial harassment. In April 2017, the human rights defender was falsely accused under counter-terrorism law and the Alexandria Criminal Court sentenced him in absentia to 10 years in prison, followed by five years under house arrest and a five year ban on using the internet. He was released in August 2017.

Front Line Defenders condemns the ongoing detention of human rights defender Mohamed Ramadan, and believes that is solely connected to his legitimate and peaceful work in defending and protecting human rights in Egypt.