El-Massry dedicated the award she received in Italy to fellow activists still in prison
Egyptian activist Mahienour El-Massry received the 2014 Ludovic Trarieux international human rights award in Florence on Friday.
El-Massry was announced as the winner of the award in June while in prison in Egypt serving a two-year sentence for organising an unauthorised protest. Her sentence was reduced and then suspended in September.
In her acceptance speech, the lawyer dedicated the award to the eight other activists who were convicted with her in the same case, but remain in prison.
She also dedicated it to others imprisoned activists, many of whom had, like El-Massry, been jailed for violating the controversial law which bans unauthorised demonstrations.
“Being a lawyer opens your eyes to the amount of injustice in society and lawyers have to choose whether they want to serve justice or to serve the law, even if it is against the people’s interest,” she said at the awards ceremony.
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