Mohamed, Egypt

Mohamed Baker loves cats so much, he has five of them. A football fan, he’s also into squash and motorbike riding. Baker, himself a Nubian, also enjoys Nubian music and culture. But today, the human rights lawyer can only dream of what he loves. He’s in prison for defending some of the most marginalised people in Egypt.

In September 2019, he went to the prosecutor’s of ce to defend his friend and was himself arrested. Authorities never put him on trial. Instead, they made false, terrorism-related accusations against him and threw him in jail – all because they disagreed with his human rights work. Baker heads the Adalah Centre for Rights and Freedoms, which supports human rights and people jailed unjustly.

In jail, the authorities have subjected Baker to one cruelty after another. They didn’t let him see his dying father. They’ve kept him in a cramped, fetid cell. And they’ve deprived him of a bed or mattress, hot water, outdoor exercise and even family photos.

Still Baker is hopeful. “One day... we will continue our work [to establish] free societies,” he says. Help bring that day forward.

  1. Write a letter to the President of Egypt

Write your own letter or use the sample letter below.

Dear President,

As a human rights lawyer, Mohamed Baker helps the people who need him most – those who have been marginalized and jailed unfairly. Now Baker himself has been locked up unjustly. Falsely accused of terrorism, Baker was never

put on trial. Instead he was thrown in jail where prison authorities are con ning him to his cell round the clock and cruelly refusing him a bed, mattress, books, newspapers – even family photos.

Defending people’s freedoms should not cost him his own. I ask that you release Mohamed Baker immediately and unconditionally, and close all investigations into the bogus accusations made against him.

Yours sincerely, ......

Address your letter to...

The President

Office of the President

Al Ittihadia Palace

Cairo,

Arab Republic of Egypt

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2. Write a message to Mohamed

Help keep his spirit strong

Post your messages of friendship and solidarity for him on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtags: #Free_Baker / #

Don’t forget to follow/like the following accounts to show your support:

TWITTER: @FreeBaker2

FACEBOOK:
Free Baker www.facebook.com/freebaker


Thank you.