Mona Seif captured the world’s attention with her social media coverage of events in Cairo on January 25th and during the subsequent police crackdown. In response to the arrests of protesters by the military, she started the No To Military Trials Movement, taking on the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) and their use of military trials and detention against civilians. No To Military Trials has been a galvanizing force among Egyptian revolutionaries, and has taken on the challenge of exposing the SCAF regime’s crimes against detainees. Through written and video testimonies, Mona's Tahrir Diaries blog seeks to reveal the military’s abuses against the revolution they once claimed to be saving.


This was the beginning of the No Military Trials campaign.  We figured out there were thousands of cases like Amr.
We went out into the neighbourhoods to tell people what we were doing about military trials and to give them the opportunity to tell their own stories.
At the start people still believed that the army had backed the revolution. They didn’t want to acknowledge that the soldiers had been torturing civilians or that they had targeted revolutionaries.
From Tahrir where the voice of the people went out around the world, we found ourselves struggling to be heard.  Families of the detained were voiceless, and their loved ones locked away.
The army said they were rounding up criminals and protecting the revolution. But in reality, they were detaining the heroes of Tahrir.  We visited their homes, collected their names, made posters and pictures, sent press releases, recruited lawyers, and started protesting…People just couldn’t ignore the thousands of faces of the revolutionaries.
The arrests and the torture and the killings continued until we exposed that there were almost 12,000 people in detention. This created a palpable shock across the country and the army was forced to stop taking people away.
For me this whole journey started with the case of Amr Beheidi – I felt responsible for him. When he was released his family told him that there was this big campaign for him which had grown into a much bigger thing to help other people – he didn’t believe it – he thought they were just saying this to comfort him.
From Amr Beheidi to start with, we ended up finding 12,000 Amr Beheidis, and we are fighting to get them all released.