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Amal Fathy

HRD & Member
Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF)

Amal Fathy is a member of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) and online activist. She was a member in April 6 Youth Movement which is a pro-democracy and human rights protesting movement established by young activists in 2008. She is the spouse of Mohamed Lotfy, a former Amnesty International researcher and the founding director of the ECRF. The ECRF is an NGO that works in several governorates to defends human rights in Egypt. It intensively campaigns against the use of torture, enforced disappearance and extra-judicial killing and provides free legal assistance to prisoners of conscience and political detainees. In April, ECRF was awarded Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award for 2018.

A significant crackdown on civil society in Egypt has been taking place since 2014. HRDs face an extremely challenging situation due to restrictions imposed on civil society and peaceful public gatherings and protests, travel bans, the arrest and sentencing of HRDs, bloggers, journalists and protesters, as well as an ongoing smear campaign against human rights groups.