Malak al-Kashef © Private
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Malak al-Kashef is a 19-year-old transgender woman human rights defender, arbitrarily detained in solitary confinement at the all-male Mazra’at Tora prison.
On 6 March 2019, National Security Agency (NSA) officers arrested Malak at her family’s residence in Giza. Malak’s detention was part of a massive campaign of arrests that followed the 27 February fire incident at Ramses train station, which killed 25 people and related to her online posts calling for protests in the wake of the fire. She was arrested along with at least 35 other people.
On 2 April, a Supreme State Security Prosecutor extended Malak’s 15-day arbitrary detention for a third time. She faces trumped-up charges of “aiding a terrorist organization” and “misusing social media to commit a crime punishable by law” in case 1739/2018.