Virtual Panel: Egypt’s attacks on lawyers

Join this panel discussion with ICJ, the Tahrir Institute, and the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, Wednesday 30 September 2020, 13:00.

Targeting the Last Line of Defense:
Egypt’s attacks against lawyers

A Virtual Side Event to the Human Rights Council 45th Session

Wednesday 30 September 2020, 13:00 – 14:30 (Geneva time)

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) cordially invite you to join this online side event, including the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, this coming Wednesday.

The ICJ and TIMEP will present their joint report Targeting the last line of defense: Egypt’s attacks against lawyers. The report documents systematic targeting of lawyers through arbitrary arrests and detention, physical assaults, torture and enforced disappearances, as well as politicized criminal proceedings under counter-terrorism and other overbroad laws.

In the report, the ICJ and TIMEP call on the Egyptian authorities to immediately end their crackdown on lawyers and to unconditionally release all lawyers who are detained or convicted solely on the basis of the peaceful exercise of their human rights and/or the legitimate discharge of their professional duties.


  • Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
  • Saïd Benarbia, International Commission of Jurists
  • Mai El-Sadany, The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Register for the event here:

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