Under President al-Sisi, activists too often spend years in pre-trial detention without ever going to trial, under what the New York Times has called a “crushing campaign against dissent.”
There have also been increased prosecutions of women for “morality offences” in connection with behavior deemed antithetical to Egyptian societal values and “public decency,” with charges brought under vague provisions in Egypt’s Penal Code and the 2018 Anti-Cybercrime Law—one of which TrialWatch has monitored and involved women prosecuted simply for singing and dancing videos online.
CFJ Co-Founder Amal Clooney has successfully freed clients even in the most challenging legal landscapes. This includes Al Jazeera’s former bureau chief for Egypt, Mohamed Fahmy.
[Amal's] strategic advocacy, negotiation skills, and … access to the global diplomatic community was the main reason I was pardoned after returning to maximum security prison again to serve a flawed 3-year sentence.