Lawyer and human rights activist Mohamed Al-Baqer has been illegally detained in solitary confinement for the 61st day, amid a growing concern over human rights violations in Egypt.
Nematallah Hisham, Al-Baqer’s wife, wrote on her Facebook saying, “I cannot lead a normal life while Al-Baqer is in solitary confinement for two months, despite being imprisoned for four years in pretrial detention.”
On April 17, 2023, the Egyptian security forces had arrested Nematallah Hisham, after publishing a post on her husband being assaulted along with activists Mohamed Oxygen and Ahmed Doma in “Badr 1” prison, for refusing the security forces attack on their inmate Hamid Siddiq for refusing to go to court for his detention renewal session.
Nematallah was later released, and her husband was transferred to solitary confinement until today, according to his wife.
Mohamed Al-Baqer, lawyer and executive director of the Adalah Center for Rights and Freedoms, is serving a four-year prison sentence after a trial at the Emergency State Security Court on charges of spreading false news in Case No. 1228 of 2021.
He was arrested in 2019 while performing his work at the headquarters of the State Security Prosecution.
Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR UK) called on the Egyptian authorities to immediately release Mohamed Al-Baqer and all those arbitrarily detained.
It also called on the international community to put pressure on the Egyptian regime to stop all violations against all dissidents and human rights activists.