Egypt

Details of the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI)'s activities in Egypt, including judicial training, 2011 and 2013 fact-finding missions


The readers’ editor on… mistakes made in Guardian article about Amal Clooney and the ‘al-Jazeera three’ jailed in Egypt, January 2015

'The Guardian conflated two key aspects of the story, and initially published it under a significantly misleading headline; I apologise on behalf of the newspaper for those errors.

The interview, which ranged over many aspects of the case, was given in the wake of the appeal hearing in Cairo on 1 January in which the three men were told they would have to face a retrial. During the course of it, Clooney revealed that a report which she co-authored had pinpointed flaws in the Egyptian judicial system that subsequently contributed to the three men’s conviction.

She told the Guardian that when the report, compiled on behalf of the International Bar Association, was due to be published “...first of all they stopped us from doing it in Cairo. They said: ‘Does the report criticise the army, the judiciary, or the government?' We said: ‘Well, yes.’ They said: ‘Well then, you’re risking arrest.’"

Read full Guardian article here

Amal Clooney on Egypt arrest threats and arrested Al Jazeera journalists, January 2015:

‘…An article was published in the Guardian newspaper on 2 January 2015 stating that officials threatened Amal Clooney with arrest in Egypt in connection with her representation of Fahmy. The incident that was recounted in fact arose in early 2014 when the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBA[HRI]) - which was organizing the launch of a report co-authored by Mrs. Clooney - was warned by experts in Egyptian affairs who were consulted on the launch that she and her colleague risked arrest if they launched the report in Cairo, in light of the criticisms made in the report and recent prosecutions for "crimes" like insulting the judiciary, government or military in Egypt…

The journalist has since apologized for the misleading presentation of this matter in the article and corrections were made to the text to attempt to address this…’

Read Mrs Clooney’s Huffington Post opinion piece in full: Al Jazeera Journalist Mohamed Fahmy Should Be Released Not Retried in Egypt