The human rights situation in Egypt, especially in relation to unfair trials and the lack of independence and impartiality of the judiciary, is at its lowest ebb in generations, said Dr. Curtis Doebbler an international human rights lawyers and officer of International-Lawyers.Org at a Press Conference held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, USA by the non-profit human rights NGO Egyptians Americans of Democracy and Human Rights on 13 October 2016. Dr. Doebbler went on to describe the unfair trial and arbitrary detention of his client, Mr. Khairat el-Shater, who he has even been denied the right to meet. In addition, he is denied court papers concerning Mr. ElShater’s his trial and his client has been subject to arbitrary treatment by the court that has shown its bias through overt political statements made by judges presiding over the several trials to which Mr. ElShater has been subjected. Dr. Doebbler noted that two panels of judges resigned and refused to hear cases against Mr. ElShater due to government interference with the execution of their duties. The Egyptian authorities came to power through an unconstitutional military coup d’etat on 3 July 2013 and have remained in power since using violence and intimidation against its opponents, including banning all the freely and fairly elected Members of Parliament from standing for office in elections coloured by intimidation and irregularities in 2015 and the killing hundreds of peaceful protesters in August 2013 with impunity to date. Other speakers included Mr. Taher Abdelmohsen, an Egyptian attorney and former Member of Parliament in Egypt’s first and only freely and fairly elected Parliament in 2011-2012; Mr. Ahmed Abdel-Basit who was convicted in abstentia and sentenced to death in a trial widely criticized as unfair; and Mr. Haitham Abu Khalil, the Director of The Center for Victims of Human Rights Abuses in Egypt.
The Press Conference can be viewed in its entirety at the following link: https://youtu.be/