About the case :
Galal is the author of books Chairs Factory (Masna’a El Karasy) published in 2015 and Colorful Prison (Segn Bel Alwan), 2017. He has written many lyrics for the singer Ramy Essam – important figure of the 2011 Revolution movement in Egypt – among them one of his biggest hits Segn Bel Alwan. Most recently they collaborated on the song Balaha. The song criticises the current state of the economy and levels of corruption in Egypt. Two days after the release of Balaha, on February 28th, Egyptian Minister of Culture Enas Abdel Dayem publicly denounced El-Bahairy on live television, specifically noting the book of poetry, The Finest Women on Earth. Three days later, on March 3rd, El-Behairy was arrested at Cairo airport and his family did not know of his whereabouts for a full week until he appeared before the High State Security Prosecution. He exhibited signs of severe beating and torture. The Prosecution ordered him to undergo a forensic medical examination, however, the findings of the examination have yet to be shared with either the public or his lawyers. AGL has started an urgent appeal procedure before the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention among other actions at international level. Read the communication here:
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Legal strategy and international representation: AGL
Liaison: Sanni Kahilainen and Ramy Essam
Criminal defense: Mokhtar Mounir
Partner organisation: Perpetuum Mobile
Thank you to: UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights, Karima Bennoune for her continuous support, and to Artists-at-Risk Connection and Freemuse for their tireless work on this case.