Over the past 8 months, Human Rights Monitor has documented the deaths of 74 women by direct gunshots. The first of those killed were 8 women who were shot dead while praying at dawn on 8 July 2013, at the Republican Guards massacre. This was followed by the killing of 4 women in Mansoura including minor Hala Abu-Sheasha who was killed aged 17 with three bullets in the back while protesting peacefully against the current authorities. 11 students were killed; 3 of them were studying at Al-Azhar University. They were killed in protests inside and around the perimeter of the university. The last of those who were killed was Somaya Abdallah who was killed on the third anniversary of January 25, 2011 revolution.
Around 1500 women protesters were arrested since July 3, 2013 until now. Some of them were released while a large number of them remain in arbitrary detention to date. The larger group of those who were arrested are secondary school to university students who were arrested while protesting. Arrests were made in all parts of the country. However, Cairo and Alexandria were the cities where the most women were arrested and arbitrarily detained for breaking the curfew and for protesting. Charges were fabricated against them, including writing on public walls, leading a protest, carrying Rabaa symbol, or even holding yellow balloons.
The larger arrest campaigns started following the violent dispersal of Rabaa, Nahda and other sit-ins.
Dozens of detainees are minors. They are held in the same detention centres and prison cells with adults in violation to Egyptian and international laws. Elderly women aged 60-70 are also kept in detention for long periods.
94 Al-Azhar students were arrested from the university campus or around it. At least one girl was arrested from her house at dawn.
The largest arrest campaign was on Tuesday 25 February 2014, during which 50 protesters were arrested as they returned home in Shoubra, Cairo.
Over the past two weeks, around 15 arbitrarily detained woman were released. Some after the prosecution fount them not guilty, while others were released on bail.
Court sentences ranged between 5 to 11 years imprisonment, which was later appealed to become a year and a half in the case of 7am movement.