Authorities in Egypt continue to arbitrarily detain civilian without legal support deeming it a violation to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights where article 9 states no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile. Security forces arrested student Abdul Rahman Mousa Ahmed Mohamed from his home in South Cairo on May 26th, 2015.
HRM learnt from sources close to his family that he was held at the Tora Prison and was charged with belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood in case number 422/2015 which has been referred to military court in case 5/2016.
In a flagrant violation to article 7 of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance which stipulates Each State Party shall make the offence of enforced disappearance punishable by appropriate penalties which take into account its extreme seriousness authorities subjected the student to enforced disappearance for 45 days. During these 45 days he was tortured, electrocuted and hung from the ceiling to confess to crimes he did not commit.
The source added that the student is suffering from emotional issues following the continued degrading and verbal assaults in addition to beatings which all political detainees face. Furthermore they are physically assaulted by offense criminals and are deprived of their blankets despite the cold weather. Detainees who complain are moved to disciplinary cells.
HRM considers the actions clear violations to the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners Adopted by the First United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, held at Geneva in 1955 and approved by the Economic and Social Council by its resolutions 663 C (XXIV) of 31 July 1957 and 2076 (LXII) of 13 May 1977. Article 36 which mandates every prisoner shall have the opportunity each week day of making requests or complaints
to the director of the institution or the officer authorized to represent him is particularly ignored.
Furthermore HRM holds the Egyptian authorities fully responsible for the safety of the detained student who also suffers from an allergy and has been deprived for the last three weeks by officials at the Tora Prison of medication, warm clothing, covering and food.