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Malak Al-Kashif

Malak Al-Kashif

Associated Press Article

In Egypt, Transgender Activist Fights Battle on Many Fronts

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.


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.