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Egyptian transgender activist Malak al-Kashif. © ec-rf.net

Thirty human rights organizations launch an " urgent appeal " for the release of Malak al-Kashif. This Egyptian woman has been imprisoned since March for criticizing power. Malak was born a man, but she became a transgender woman and many worried about her detention in a men's prison.

Malak al-Kashif is arrested a few days after a deadly train disaster in Egypt. On social networks, the young Egyptian had criticized the authorities of his country for their management of the accident. But it is for "belonging to a terrorist group" that Malek is prosecuted and kept in detention.

Several organizations, including the League of Human Rights (LDH), are mobilizing to denounce these accusations and also to alert on the case of this transgender woman held in a prison for men.

" She is in a tragic situation, she is deprived of medication while it is a transgender woman who undergoes a treatment for her transition and who finds herself without medical supervision, assures Dalia al-Faghal, Egyptian LGBT activist, today exiled in Europe. In general, the conditions of detention are totally inhuman in Egypt, terrifying and traumatic. It is entirely feared that she was tortured. And she tried to commit suicide. "

Thirty human rights organizations call on European Union countries and UN special rapporteurs to intervene with the Egyptian authorities to prevent any sexual harassment or humiliating treatment against Malak al-Kashif. .

Press Conference on the Conditions of Detention of Transgender People in Egypt and for the Release of Malak Al-Kashif Imprisoned, Tortured and Discriminated for Both Gender Identity and Political Opinions. pic.twitter.com/Ji1NpaIudH

LDH France (@LDH_Fr) July 1, 2019

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