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Launching of Report: Egypt Courting Chaos and Controversy

Next week, Toby Cadman and Carl Buckley, Head of Chambers and Chambers Director of Guernica37 IJC, will be speaking in London at the event “Egypt Courting Chaos and Controversy”. Other reputed panellists are award-winning journalist, Bill Law; Drewery Dyke, research fellow at the Foreign Policy Centre; and Ibrahim Halawa, one of the thousands of victims of arbitrary detention and violations of fair trial standards by Egyptian Courts, who will be providing a first-hand testimony of his experience in the Egyptian judicial system. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Anas Altikriti, CEO and Founder of The Cordoba Foundation.

Date: 18 July 2018

Time: 6.30h

Venue: Cavendish Square London W1G

Guernica37 IJC and The Cordoba Foundation will be launching an investigative report that evinces the circumvention of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Egyptian judiciary. This report constitutes a response to a previous one published by the State Litigation Authority that sought to deny the suggestion that the Rule of Law in Egypt has been undermined.

The analysis of our legal team focused on the lack of mechanisms to guarantee the independence of the Egyptian judiciary and the continuous and systematic breaches of fair trial standards during judicial processes. It exposes the problems related to conditions of arrest and detention, including instances of enforced disappearance, torture and permanent pre-trial detention; and examines the regulation and practice of the death penalty in the country. The report concludes that the criminal system has been used as an instrument to punish the exercise of democratic rights by human rights defenders, politicians in the opposition, and journalists; convicted in trials defined as a “complete travesty of justice” by former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The worrying panorama exposed by this report confirms that the Rule of Law deteriorated sharply since the arrival of President al-Sisi to the Presidency of the Egyptian Republic, thus contributing to the impunity of the grave and shocking violations of human rights committed in the country. The report includes an analysis of all the decisions issued by the UN Working Group of Arbitrary Detention with regards to Egypt since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi, who is still incarcerated in an Egyptian prison with little, if any, contact with other individuals, and under circumstances that constitute an infringement of his most fundamental rights.

Please register at:, and participate in this fundamental and necessary discussion about Egyptian Courts and criminal system. An executive summary of the report will be available for registered guests.

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