Egyptian Lawyers: A Story of Continued Resistance

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Author(s): Yasmin Omar

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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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