The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms today called for the release of human rights lawyer and labor advocate Haytham Mohamedin. Haytham was arrested from his home in Giza on May 17, 2018, and was subjected to enforced disappearance after his arrest until May 19, where he was brought before the State Security Prosecution of the Fifth settlement, which has ordered his detention since then.
In case No. 718 of 2018, Haitham Mohammadin appeared before the State Security prosecution, known as the Metro case, of being charged with participating with a terrorist group knowing its purposes, inciting demonstrations to disrupt public transport and harming the interests of citizens, and using the internet to incite ‘terrorist acts’ upon his objection to the recent increase in prices of metro tickets.
It is noteworthy that 22 activists and demonstrators, including six women, were arrested after vigils in different areas in Cairo on May 16, 2018 in an expression of dissatisfaction with the government’s approval to increase the prices of subway tickets. They were charged in Case 718 of 2018, confining the Supreme State Security to the same accusations and have been renewed since then: Hatem Mohammed Bastawi, Basma Ali, Yousef Ahmed, Ali Mustafa, Asmaa Abdel Hamid, Abeer Hisham El-Safty, Shahenda Ahmed, Adel Mohamed , Mohamed Samir, Mahmoud Abdel Ghani, Farida Atef, Karim Hussein, Rabie Mohamed, Ahmed Abdel Rahman, Farghaly Mohamed, Adham Said, Fawzi Saad Saleh, Majd Ayman, Nafisa Abdel Wahab, Ashraf Salah, Mohamed Khalil and Mustafa Mohamed Rizk.
The Egyptian government decided to raise the prices of subway tickets last May from two pounds per ticket to 3, 5 or 7 pounds depending on the number of stations. Many citizens have used their right to freedom of opinion and expression to express their dissatisfaction with the increase, and the response of the security services was to add these activists to the series of prisoners of conscience in Egypt and fabricate a case for them based on the laws of terrorism and demonstrations.
The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms calls for the immediate release of Haitham Mohamedin and all those held in custody pending that case and all cases of opinion and drop all charges against them, and respect the right to freedom of opinion and expression set forth in the Constitution and the law. The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms also calls to intensify campaigns of solidarity with Haitham Mohammadin and all those arrested in connection with such fabricated cases.
Sign the petition now and urge the Egyptian authorities to drop all charges against Haytham Mohamedin. Tell the Egyptian authorities that they must stop persecuting and harassing human rights defenders