Haneen is a video content creator and a Student at the Faculty of Archeology at Cairo University.
She had nearly a million followers on TikTok, and the content she provides on her various social media accounts garnered 7.5 million likes. Hossam was arrested during a crackdown on Egyptian women video creators under allegations of protecting Egyptian family values.
Arrest: On April 21, 2020, Haneen was arrested from her home after a lawyer filed a complaint against her to the Public Prosecution, accusing her of “hurting public morale.” Security forces seized her phones and a laptop. That came after she posted a video encouraging girls to earn some money during the lockdown by creating content using a particular mobile app.
Violations: She is convicted of human trafficking without sufficient evidence
- Charges: Haneen Hossam was prosecuted based on charges of “Violating Egyptian family values” under the controversial cyber crimes law and “Human Trafficking.”
- The Public Prosecution ordered Hossam’s pretrial detention in case 1047 /2020. she remained in pretrial detention until June 11, when the Public Prosecution referred Hossam to the Criminal Court for trial before the economic court.
- The Public Prosecution requested that the assets of Hossam should be frozen, and the Criminal Court upheld the request. The Economic Court issued a verdict against Hossam to 2 years in prison and a fine of 300,000 EGP against the charges of “violation of family values and principles on social media.” Cairo Economic acquitted Hossam, and she was released.
- On March 14, 2021, the public prosecution referred Hossam to trial in a second case with charges of human trafficking. The criminal court sentenced Hossam in Absentia to 10 years and a fine of 200,000 LE. Furthermore, it issued an order to arrest her.
- In June 2021, Hossam posted a video calling on President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to intervene to help her. However, she was arrested on the same day.
- On April 18, 2022, Cairo Criminal Court reduced the prison sentence against Hossam to 3 years and a fine of 200,000 EGP.
Arbitrary detention for posting videos on social media; she is convicted of human trafficking without sufficient evidence and a freeze of her assets.