Target: Ahmed El-Zend, Minister of Justice of Egypt
Goal: Release Egyptian women’s rights advocate and human rights lawyer Azza Soliman
In Egypt, prominent feminist and human rights lawyer Azza Soliman has been arrested at her home. Her arrest comes three weeks after Egyptian authorities froze her accounts and banned her from traveling. Authorities also froze the assets of her nonprofit, the Centre for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA). Azza Soliman was previously arrested in 2015 after coming forward as a witness of the fatal shooting of an activist by security forces during a peaceful protest. Charged with protesting without notifying the authorities and disturbing public order, she was later acquitted of all charges.
Authorities have not released specific details of her arrest, but the judge that issued the warrant is the judge involved in investigations of nonprofits and human rights defenders in a case known as Case 173. This indicates that Azza Soliman was most likely arrested for her human rights work. Sign our petition to demand that Egyptian authorities release Azza Soliman.
Dear Mr. Zend,
I was shocked to hear of the arrest of Azza Soliman at her home. As you no doubt know, she has been subject to a travel ban and has had her assets frozen. While no specific details regarding the reason for her arrest have been made public, it is understood that her arrest is related to Case 173 of 2011.
Azza Soliman has spent her career advocating for the rights of Women and human rights in general. Any accusations that she has been using foreign income flows to threaten national security in Egypt strains credulity.
Civil society groups such as CEWLA are an indispensable part of Egyptian society. I urge you to do everything in your power to end the targeting of human rights advocacy groups. Furthermore, I urge you to drop all charges against Azza Soliman, unfreeze her assets, and lift the travel ban.
[Your Name Here]
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