Here is another human rights case I have been following through the last years. Therefore I’d like to share this excellent post writen by CiLuna, which not only sums up Shawkan’s story and ordeal, but also provides some advise how to help to end this injustice.
There is also a sequel to this post by the same author named Sky for Shawkan that proposes another way to show your support to this imprisoned photojournalist.
Mahmoud Abu Zeid who is better known under the name „Shawkan“ is a young Egyptian photographer. He is 28 years old and he worked as freelance photographer and contributed to the photo agencies Demotix and Corbis. His photographs were in many well-known and well-regarded newspapers and magazines like the German newspaper Die Zeit and the US Time magazine. He made photos of daily life in Egypt, including festivals and street life. With the beginning of the Arab Spring uprising he also covered political protests. You can find a sample of his amazing photos here.
Shawkan has been in prison for almost three years without a trial or a judgement. By his ongoing detention, Egypt violates International law, but also their own laws. Pursuant to Art. 134 Egyptian Code for Criminal Procedures the pre-trial detention must not exceed two years (if the alleged offence is punishable by life imprisonment or death, in other cases…
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