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Trans woman human rights defender, Malak Al Kashif, detained and charged

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Detained
About the situation

On 4 May 2019, the State Security Prosecution ordered the renewal of pre-trial detention of trans woman human rights defender Malak Al-Kashif for an additional 15 days, as part of the National Security case 1973/2018.

On 16 April 2019, the State Security Prosecution ordered the renewal of pre-trial detention of trans woman human rights defender Malak Al-Kashif for an additional 15 days. She has already spent 41 days in pre-trial detention, including 28 days in solitary confinement in Tora Men's Prison.

On 2 April 2019, the State Security Prosecution renewed the pre-trial detention of trans woman human rights defender Malak Al Kashif for an additional 15 days. Malak remains detained in solitary confinement in Tora Men's Prison.

On 10 March 2019 human rights defender Malak Al-Kashif was found to be detained at Al Haram Police Station. She had been held in solitary confinement there for the three days since her appearance before National Security Prosecution on 7 March 2019. Her lawyer and family did not know where she was being detained during those three days.

About Malak Al-Kashif

Malak Al-Kashif is a woman human rights defender, who defends transpeople’s rights and counters transphobic discrimination. She also works on social and economic rights and since the train accident in Cairo on 27 February 2019, has been calling for protests in solidarity with the victims and their families. She has denounced the State’s approach to dealing with the accident and has called that those responsible for the accident, which caused the deaths of around 25 people, be held to account.

14 May 2019
Pre-trial detention of Malak Al-Kashif renewed

On 4 May 2019, the State Security Prosecution ordered the renewal of pre-trial detention of trans woman human rights defender Malak Al-Kashif for an additional 15 days, as part of the National Security case 1973/2018.

Malak Al-Kashif, who is 18 years old, has been detained in solitary confinement in Tora Men's Prison since 7 March 2019. As a result of an old injury, she urgently requires a medical operation on her arms. She also needs to undergo another medical operation to finalise her gender confirmation procedure and to allow her to begin the process of aligning her gender in official documents.

The prison administration has denied Malak Al-Kashif access to school books and materials which her parents tried to pass on to her in order for her to prepare for upcoming high school exams.

16 April 2019
Pre-trial detention of Malak Al-Kashif renewed

On 16 April 2019, the State Security Prosecution ordered the renewal of pre-trial detention of trans woman human rights defender Malak Al-Kashif for an additional 15 days. She has already spent 41 days in pre-trial detention, including 28 days in solitary confinement in Tora Men's Prison. Since her detention, Malak Al-Kashif's lawyer has only been able to talk to her directly three times, as most requests for visits made by the defender's lawyer and family have been rejected. Malak Al-Kashif has not been able to walk out to the prison yard for fear of attacks by male prisoners. All of the above conditions have negatively affected the psychological health of the human rights defender, as stated by her lawyer.
 

4 April 2019
Pre-trial detention of Malak Al Kashif renewed again

On 2 April 2019, the State Security Prosecution renewed the pre-trial detention of trans woman human rights defender Malak Al Kashif for an additional 15 days. Malak remains detained in solitary confinement in Tora Men's Prison.

 

21 March 2019
Pre-Trial Detention Renewed

On 19 March 2019, State Security Prosecution ordered the renewal of the pre-trial detention for 15 days of Malak Al Kashif. She will be transferred to Tora Men's Prison to be detained there in solitary confinement. The human rights defender has remained in solitary confinement at Al Haram Police Station since her first appearance before State Security Prosecution on 7 March 2019. On 12 March, Malak Al Kashif told her lawyer that she had been sexually harassed by an officer and that she had been forced to undergo an anal examination while in detention,  a practice which, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, is "medically worthless and amounts to torture or ill-treatment."

Malak Al-Kashif is a trans woman human rights defender, who defends transgender rights and counters transphobic discrimination. She also works on social and economic rights and, since the train accident in Cairo on 27 February 2019, has been calling for protests in solidarity with the victims and their families. She has denounced the State’s approach to dealing with the accident and has called for those responsible for the accident, which caused the deaths of around 25 people, to be held to account.

11 March 2019
Trans woman human rights defender, Malak Al-Kashif, detained and charged

On 10 March 2019 human rights defender Malak Al-Kashif was found to be detained at Al Haram Police Station. She had been held in solitary confinement there for the three days since her appearance before National Security Prosecution on 7 March 2019. Her lawyer and family did not know where she was being detained during those three days.

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Malak Al-Kashif is a trans woman human rights defender, who defends transgender rights and counters transphobic discrimination. She also works on social and economic rights and, since the train accident in Cairo on 27 February 2019, has been calling for protests in solidarity with the victims and their families. She has denounced the State’s approach to dealing with the accident and has called for those responsible for the accident, which caused the deaths of around 25 people, to be held to account.

At dawn on 6 March 2019, Malak Al-Kashif received a phone-call from her mother informing her that she was very ill. When the human rights defender arrived at her family home in Al Haram, she found the security forces, who had seemingly lured her there by forcing her mother place the phone-call. She was detained by the security forces and taken into incommunicado detention for 24 hours.

On 7 March 2019, Malak Al-Kashif appeared before the National Security Prosecution, where she was charged with “aiding a terrorist organization” and “misusing social media to commit a crime punishable by law”. The Prosecution ordered that she be remanded in pre-trial detention for 15 days.

Malak Al-Kashif has not been able to obtain official papers reflecting her gender, despite attempting to do so for nearly three years. She is therefore treated as a male in all official papers, which means that she could soon be detained in the men's prison.

Front Line Defenders expresses serious concern for Malak Al-Kashif and condemns her detention, which it believes is solely motivated by her peaceful and legitimate work in defence of human rights in Egypt.