Military police in Khanka arrested minors Saad Mohamed Saad Abdul Fattah 17 a second year secondary student and his brother Ahmed 16 on January 25th, 2015 from the Salah e Din hospital while they were treating Ahmed after he was stabbed in the head by a thug.
Military forces arrested the boys without legal support and were held at the Khanka station. They were later transferred to security forces camp in Qalubeya where they remained for a week before being transferred to Almarg disciplinary centre where they currently remain in custody. The detention is a clear violation to international agreements regarding children's rights and an infringement to article 2 of Convention on the Rights of the Child states Parties shall respect and ensure the rights set forth in the present Convention to each child within their jurisdiction without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the child's or his or her parent's or legal guardian's race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status. The violation to minors for sure is a much worse crime.
Khanka prosecution conducted interrogations and charged the minors with possessing Molotov and protesting without permit, belonging to an outlawed group and trying to overthrow the regime in case number 235 for 2015. They were served a 2 year prison sentence four months ago and the sentence was ratified despite defense lawyers appealing. To date the appeal has not been viewed.
During their detention the brothers were subjected to all forms of violations. According to family they were brutally beaten with wooden rods, electrocuted and threatened to be killed. One officer tried to make Saad bow down in prostration. He tortured Saad when he refused and placed the boys head in a toilet for refusing to bow to him. This continued for three hours and the officer ordered detainees with criminal offences to beat Saad with complete disregard to his health condition as he suffers from a heart condition. Ahmed also suffered from the injuries he had sustained from the thugs.
Furthermore the center's administration refused to allow the boys to be examined by a doctor or receive medical care. These actions reveal that the Egyptian authorities continue to ignore the Universal Declaration regarding children's rights namely article 4 which mandates States Parties shall undertake all appropriate legislative, administrative, and other measures for the implementation of the rights recognized in the present Convention. With regard to economic, social and cultural rights, States Parties shall undertake such measures to the maximum extent of their available resources and, where needed, within the framework of international co-operation.
With the above mentioned violations to Ahmed and Saad it is safe to say the security authorities in Egypt violated article of the Convention on the Rights of the Child 37 which cites States Parties shall ensure that:
(a) No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without possibility of release shall be imposed for offences committed by persons below eighteen years of age;
(b) No child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time.
For its part HRM calls for the immediate release of the two brothers and an investigation to be opened regarding their torture by both military and police forces. It also calls on the international community to intervene and investigate the incident by authorities and hold accountable and punish all responsible for the violations.