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Urgent Action: Transgender woman held in all-male prison

Malak al-Kashef is a 19-year-old transgender woman human rights defender, arbitrarily detained in the all-male Mazra’at Tora prison. On 6 March 2019, National Security Agency (NSA) officers arrested Malak at her family’s residence in Giza. Malak’s arrest was part of a massive arrest campaign that followed the 27 February fire incident at Cairo’s main train station, which killed 25 people. Malak is facing the trumped-charges of “aiding a terrorist organization” and “misusing social media to commit a crime punishable by law”. On March 10, the authorities subjected Malak to a forced anal examination at a government hospital, where she was also subjected to other forms of sexual assault.

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Please write urgently in your own words or using the template letter included in English or Arabic to:


Public Prosecutor 
Nabil Sadek
Office of the Public Prosecutor, 
Dar alQada Al-Ali, Downtown 
Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt 
Fax: +202 2577 4716
Salutation: Dear Counsellor


And copies to:

Deputy Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Human Rights 
Ahmed Ihab Gamal el-Din 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
Corniche el-Nile, Cairo, Egypt. 
Fax: +202 2574 9713 
Twitter: @MfaEgypt 


Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

HIS EXCELLENCY MR TAREK AHMED IBRAHIM ADEL, Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt, 26 South Street W1K 1DW, 020 7499 3304/2401, Fax 020 7491 1542,

Please check with your section before sending appeals after the above date.

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