Free Ibrahim Halawa

Free Ibrahim Halawa

Prisoner of Conscience

Ibrahim Halawa is a 20 year old old Irish citizen imprisoned for taking refuge from violence in a mosque in Egypt. He is an Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience. He is from Firhouse in Dublin.

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In August 2013, Ibrahim and his three sisters went to a protest in Cairo following the violent dispersal by security forces of two sit-ins in Cairo and other protests across Egypt left up to 1,000 people dead in a single day.

When the protest turned violent they took refuge in a nearby mosque. At least 97 people were killed as a result of reckless use of force by the Egyptian security forces. On 17 August 2013, they were arrested and taken to prison.His sisters have been released on bail but Ibrahim is still in jail in Cairo over two and a half years later.

Amnesty International has conducted a thorough investigation of the case and determined that Ibrahim is innocent.

The alleged incidents took place at the minaret entrance to the Al Fath mosque. Ibrahim and his sisters were all locked in the inner part of the mosque where they fled to try and escape the security forces’ gunfire. He could not possibly have committed the crimes he has been charged with.

Ibrahim is a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression and assembly.

Researchers who were present at the time of the protests have established that there is no way that he could have fired at the security forces as the Egyptian authorities allege.

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If convicted Ibrahim Halawa he could face the death penalty. Call on the Egyptian authorities to immediately release him.

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He should have started university in 2013 to further his dreams of becoming a pilot or an engineer. Ibrahim’s plans have all been put on hold, and instead of college life, he finds himself languishing in a jail cell in Egypt since August 2013.

Unfair Trail

Ibrahim will be tried with 493 people, including 11 children. This mass trial cannot possibly be fair. For instance, even those defendants allowed to be present in court cannot adequately participate in the proceedings. A huge percentage of the witnesses due to be called in the trial are police officers or government officials.

The European Union has criticised Egypt’s ‘selective justice’ and called for fair and timely trials.

The mass trial has been repeatedly delayed and adjourned. He has not been convicted of anything!

Imprisoned since August 2013

He was shot in the hand and never received medical attention, except from a cellmate who happened to be a doctor. His time in prison, far away from his homeland of Ireland, has been both physically and mentally difficult. There are reports that he has been beaten in prison. Ibrahim relies on his family for food and he has a bad back from lying on the floor in his prison cell.

60 Second Interview: Fighting for Justice

UCD student turned activist, Somaia Halawa was imprisoned in Egypt for three months in 2013 for peacefully protesting.. She tells us about this experience, and how it feels to be free when her brother, Amnesty prisoner of conscience, Ibrahim Halawa, is still behind bars.

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“Sometimes I feel like I am in a coma, that I am not fully awake. It is hard for our entire family. You have to fake your smile and fake that you are OK. Our brother is not here. It is not OK. You cannot pause life until he comes back, it has to continue – and it does, but in a fake way.”