Eman Al-Helw

Status:  Eman Al-Helw released on  17 September 


#Economic, Social & Cultural Rights

#Freedom of speech


#Judicial Harassment

#Arrest / Detention / Imprisonment

#Anal examinations


#Region: the Middle East and North Africa


Eman Al-Helw was arrested on February 28, 2019. She was detained in an undisclosed location for four days before appearing at the State Security Prosecution on March 4, 2019, at which time the prosecution remanded al-Helw and others to custody for 15 days on charges of participating in a terrorist group and using an internet account (Facebook) to commit a crime punishable by law. Eman al-Helw was arrested alongside over 70 others in an ongoing arrest campaign sparked by social media users’ criticism of the government and calls for protests in the aftermath of the train crash that left 22 dead and 43 others injured.

The defendants are investigated in relation to Case 1739/2018, along with dozens of others who were arrested in the crackdown that has followed public outrage over a deadly train crash at Ramses Station that killed 22 and injured 43.

Urgent calls and actions

25 Mars 2020 (ISHR, CIHRS, ACAT France and ANKH) En-Fr-Ar

One year of physical and psychological abuse for Eman Al-Helw and Hossam Ahmad  

21 January 2020 (All out and ANKH) En


28 December 2019 (Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council) En

 6 special rapporteurs jointly wrote to Egyptian authorities to release Eman

27 December 2019 (ACAT France and ANKH) Fr-En

Eman Al-Helw and Hossam Ahmed must be released from prison 

04 September 2019 (Frontline Defenders) En

Egypt: Arbitrary detention and ill-treatment of human rights defender Eman Al-Helw


02 September 2019 (ANKH) En- Ar

Egypt: Actress and activist Eman Al-Helw, detained and charged

Statements and letters

20 July 2020 En

Human Rights Council: NGO statement on the achievements and challenges of the 44th session

19.11.2019 En-Fr-Ar

Call for the immediate release of Eman Al-Helw and Hossam Ahmad

23.10.2019 En

The European Parliament calls on the Egyptian government to release Eman Al-Helw

20 August 2019

  • Request sent to the French Foreign Ministry.

  • Request sent to French President Emmanuel Macron.

They are talking about Eman

28 Mars 2020 (En)

 French Foreign Ministry declares paying “particular attention” to Eman Al-Helw and Hossam Ahmed’s case.

26/03/2020 (Ar)

5 human rights organizations call on Egypt to release Iman El-Helw

20/01/2020 (It)

EGITTO: In cella sottoterra da 11 mesi per critiche al governo.

07/12/2019 (Fi)

The EU must respond to the worsening situation of human rights defenders

03/12/2019 (Fi)

Improve the safety of women's human rights defenders

27.11.2019 (En)

Worldwide struggle for LGBTIQ rights: More news from the front lines

08.11.2019 (Ar)

Six human rights organizations call on Egypt to release Iman El-Helw and Hossam Ahmed

08.11.2019 (Fr)

French MPs Raphaël Gérard and Laurence Vanceunebrock-Mialon demand the release of Eman Al-Helw



African defenders





17 September 2020

On 14 September 2020, the Criminal Court of Cairo released woman human rights defender Eman Al-Helw under precautionary measures.

released on Friday, September 17, after a year and a half.

Mars 4, 2020

The custody period extended for 45 days by the Criminal Court.

December 4, 2019

Public Prosecution successfully appeals to the Criminal Court of Cairo’s decision to release Eman Al-Helw. She is sent back to preventive detention for an additional 45 days.


December 3, 2019

The Criminal Court of Cairo grants the release of Eman Al-Helw under precautionary measures

September  4, 2019

Custody period extended for 45 days by the Criminal Court.

July 28, 2019

Custody period extended for 45 days by the Criminal Court.


July 27, 2019

First hearings to renew the detention before the Criminal Court

April 10, 2019

Custody period extended for 15 days by the State Security Prosecution

March 18, 2019

Eman is assaulted during a compulsory medical examination conducted while in custody without her consent and for no medical purpose 

March 16, 2019

Custody period extended for 15 days by the State Security Prosecution on charges of joining a terrorist group and calling for March 1 demonstrations

March 4, 2019

Custody period extended for 15 days by the State Security Prosecution

February 28, 2019

Eman is arrested and detained in an undisclosed location for 4 dqys

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