A teenage student has now spent over 2 years in jail for wearing a T-shirt that said: "Nation without Torture". Mahmoud Mahmoud Hussein wore the garment to mark the third anniversary of the 25 January Revolution. He remains held indefinitely and his detention is regularly renewed without hearings or intention to release.
He was arrested on his way home at a checkpoint at Marg and taken to Abu Zaabal Prison, and later transferred to Tora Prison.
Mahmoud was forced to sign a confession to fabricated crimes including belonging to an outlawed group after he was tortured in detention. He remains detained pending investigation.
HRM calls on the Egyptian authorities to immediately release the student held simply for expressing his opinion since it as a clear violation to human rights.
HRM also condemns the violations by security against citizens who legitimately express their opinions. The arrests against prisoners of conscience are an infringement to article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which asserts everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.