HRM has previously condemned the arrests of Eng. Ahmed Fathy Mohamed Albesh 39, Eng. Mohamed Loay Abdul Karim 31, Accountant Yaser Yehya Alkhashab 49, Science Prof Abdul Nasser Massoud Salem 50, student Ammar Khalil Eid Alsherady 21, Hossam Reda Alsherbasy 32 arrested in April and subjected to enforced disappearance for 2 weeks where they were beaten, electrocuted and hung from the ceiling to confess to crimes they did not commit.
Others arrested include Science Prof Mohamed Attia Waly 56 on May 13th 2015 from his workplace at the Damietta University while being physically and verbally assaulted. Eng. Ahmed Alsayed Ali Abd Albary 39 was arrested February 16th, 2015 from his workplace and went missing for one week in which he too was tortured and hung from the ceiling by one arm to confess to creating explosives. Accountant Amr Mustafa Aldengawy 26 and factory owner Ahed Saad Abdul Ghany 24 were arrested on January 21st from in front of their homes and were tortured and threatened their families would be assaulted if they did not confess to accusations.
All detainees were brought before prosecution and accused of protesting without permit, belonging to an outlawed group, engaging in violence against military and police personnel and creating explosives. They were all referred to military tribunal in case number 388/2015.
HRM received another complaint from the same families stating that on December 13th, 2015 on their return from the hearing the detainees were forced to remove their clothing and use the toilet in front of informants and forces. When they objected they were moved to a cell, brutally beaten with wooden rods and electrocuted.
The families also complained of the poor conditions of the detention center stating that up to 10 detainees were held in tiny 2 squared meter cells. Detainees are unable to sit or sleep and take turns in sleeping in the bug infested cells. Detainees and their visiting relatives are also subjected to harsh and degrading treatment. Visits last less than two minutes from behind wire and they are unable to shake hands or hug their loved ones. The prison's administration has also denied detainees from receiving food, medication, clothing and personal belongings brought in by relatives during the short visits.
HRM denounces once again the actions by the Egyptian authorities including the enforced disappearances which are a flagrant violation to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
HRM holds the Egyptian authorities fully responsible for the lives and well being of detainees and calls on the international community to intervene to end the measures which are a violation to human rights agreements and covenants