Yasmin Omar joined us for a conversation about being a human rights lawyer in exile. She shared her story of being forced to leave Egypt in fear for her life. Yasmin humbly says, “Honestly, I feel lucky, because other colleagues of mine who are braver than me have paid the ultimate price of losing years of their lives in dark cells in notorious Egyptian prisons. I feel like my case is nothing compared to their sacrifices.” She spoke about the limits of international law and the importance of defenders of justice–be it lawyers, researchers, or advocates–to ban together to keep the Egyptian government accountable against injustices and human rights violations.

Yasmin is an international human rights lawyer. She specializes in international law, U.N. mechanisms, and global sanctions. She holds an L.L.M. from Syracuse University College of Law, focusing on international Refugee and Asylum Law and Counterterrorism. Her work is focused on action-oriented legal advocacy towards accountability and utilizing U.N. and other regional legal mechanisms to further protect and promote human rights in the MENA region.
She appeared in interviews by Al Jazeera English, Al Araby T.V., B.B.C., and more. She was the former Legal Associate at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy and a member of the Steering Committee of the U.S. Committee to End Political Repression in Egypt.

This is the fifteenth in a series of interviews with artists, academics, activists, and other migrants of Egypt around the world. Check out previous conversations in the series and stay tuned for our next installment.


Egypt Migrations is always looking for people to contribute to our digital initiatives. Please contact team@egyptmigrations.com if you would like to join or support the organization.

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