Two years on coup and Egyptian authorities continue violating human rights conventions and agreements
HRM has condemned in previous statements the recent arrests by Damietta security forces of Ahmed Fathy Mohamed Albesh 39, Eng. Mohamed Loay Abdul Kareem 31, Accountant Yaser Yehya Alkhashab 49, Prof. Abdul Nasser Masoud Salem 50, shop owner Mahmoud Abdo Sorour 35, Bassem Algezawy Mohamed 29, a farmer, student Ammar Khalil Eid Alsherady 21 and Hossam Reda Alsherbasy 32, in April 2015. The men were subjected to enforced disappearance for 2 weeks and were tortured. They were brutally beaten using wooden rods, hung from ceilings and electrocuted to confess to crimes they did not commit.
Others detained include Science Prof. Mohamed Attia 56 who was arrested on May 13th, 2015 from his workplace at the Damietta University. He was verbally assaulted during his arrest. Eng. Ahmed Alsayed Abdul Bary was arrested on February 16th, and went missing for a week. He was tortured also and hung from the ceiling by one arm to confess to creating explosives. Accountant Amr Mustafa Aldengawy 26 and factory owner Ahmed Abdul Ghany 24 were also arrested in January 21st, 201 from in front of their houses and were tortured and threatened with raping family members if they did not confess to crimes they did not commit.
The detainees were all brought before prosecution and accused with a host of fabricated charges including belonging to an outlawed group, engaging in violent acts against military and police and creating explosives in case 388 for 2015. All were referred to military court.
HRM received complaints from the detainees' families stating that on December 13th, 2015 after the hearing all detainees were ordered to remove their clothes and go to the toilet in public as a form of humiliation. When they were refused they were placed in disciplinary cells where they were tortured and beaten. "
The families added the places of detention were overcrowded, bug infested and unfit for humans especially those in cells 2 and 3. They were treated harshly during visits which lasted no longer than a few minutes and the prison administration banned the entry of their personal belongings.
HRM once again condemns measures practiced by Egyptian authorities against citizens including enforced disappearances and torture which are a violation of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and other agreements regarding degradation and torture.
HRM also condemns the ill treatment of detainees and poor conditions where they are detained stating it is an infringement to article 10 of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners which asserts all accommodation provided for the use of prisoners and in particular all sleeping accommodation shall meet all requirements of health, due regard being paid to climatic conditions and particularly to cubic content of air, minimum floor space, lighting, heating and ventilation Furthermore HRM holds the Egyptian authorities fully responsible for the safety and well being of detainees and calls on the international community to intervene to end the violations which breach all laws and agreements regarding human rights.