Hamdy Al-Azazy, Egyptian rights activist fears for his life

Hamdy Al-Azazy, an Egyptian human rights activist has said that his life in danger.

Mr. Al-Azazy is the winner of the 2011 Makwan Prize for Human Rights.


Hamdy Al-Azazy says that his life is in danger

“I feel that because of my work against the traffickers and my interviews given to the press, I will soon be killed,” he wrote to EveryOne Group, an international human rights organization. “Pray for me,” he added.

EveryOne Group says that the progressive affirmation of fundamentalist movements in the new Egypt, culminating in the political victories of the Muslim Brotherhood, has gradually reduced the pressure from the police, army and intelligence services on the traffickers in human beings in the Sinai.

These traffickers are connected to jihadist armed groups, as shown in reports by EveryOne Group and confirmed by the Israeli secret services.

Currently, about 1,500 refugees from Eritrea and other sub-Saharan countries are in the hands of traffickers who are asking the families of the hostages as much as $50,000 per head to ensure their release.

The police are no longer taking effective action against their activities. The Bedouin task force created last year to combat the trafficking in human organs and slaves has disbanded after losing the support of the Egyptian Government, leaving the Sinai in the hands of local mafias.

EveryOne Group has reported the plight of Hamdy Al-Azazy to the international organization Front Line Defenders (which protects nonviolent activists around the world) and to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs. Navi Pillay.

“Hamdy’s work is crucial, because at least the horrors of the Sinai are being documented and reported,” said EveryOne Group in a statement. “It is essential that the humanitarian institutions that protect the work of human rights defenders take urgent action to prevent Hamdy being hit by the lords of refugee trafficking in Africa and the Islamic fundamentalism which profits from these criminal activities.”