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Azza Soliman. Credit: Front Line Defenders

Azza Soliman

HRD, Lawyer & Founder
Center for Women's Legal Assistance
Franco-German Human Rights Prize

The regime has decided to shut up all voices, even those who say the truth through a testimony

Azza Soliman is a prominent lawyer and the founder of the Center for Women's Legal Assistance (CEWLA). She is currently serving on its board of trustees. CEWLA is a feminist organisation that campaigns to promote gender equality, focusing in particular on legislative reform and awareness-raising.


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.


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