Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
Author(s): Yasmin Omar
It’s no secret that being a lawyer isn’t a walk in the park—the stress, long hours, ever-changing laws, and serious responsibility makes it a hard choice. Today in Egypt, it’s also a risky choice—one that in recent years has led to prison sentences, exile and even death.
Historically, lawyers have played a vital role in resistance and mobilization. Leftist lawyers who were active in the Freedoms Committee of the Bar Association in the 1980s played a key role in establishing the first wave of human rights organizations that used litigation as a strategy in promoting human rights.
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