HRM considers the arrests of the minors a violation to article 2 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child which confirms States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that the child is protected against all forms of discrimination or punishment on the basis of the status, activities, expressed opinions, or beliefs of the child's parents, legal guardians, or family members.
The convention highlights that the child's wellbeing is top priority and his rights should be maintained and this was disregarded by the Egyptian authorities.
Security forces arrested third year secondary student Assem Mohamed Mansour Ibrahim Eissa 17 from the street in Hosh Eissa, Beheira on January 4th 2016 on while he was visiting relatives. Forces stormed his aunt's house arresting him, his cousin and a group of friends without arrest warrant or legal support. They were than taken to the Hosh Eissa Police Station and leveled with charges including belonging to the outlawed group and possessing pamphlets belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood and promoting its ideas.
Assem was issued a 15 day detention order pending investigation which is a violation to article 15 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child which cites, states parties recognize the rights of the child to freedom of association and to freedom of peaceful assembly. Article 16 which mandates no child shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy, family, or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his or her honour and reputation was also ignored.
According to his family their son was subjected to torture and was beaten to confess to participating in protests violating international laws. Authorities denied Assem his visiting rights and prevented food and personal belongings from entering. He was also banned from receiving his school books and sitting exams.
Third year preparatory student Ahmed Abdul Basset Yasin Saadawy 14, faced the same fate after police forces arrested him from his home in Beheira on January 4th, 2016 without legal support. He was also charged with the same accusations as Assem.
First year secondary students Omar Khaled Saad Abdul Magid Alhawary 16, and Ahmed Alshenawy Ibrahim Zabady 16 and Mohamed Adel Mabrouk Khedr were also arrested from Kom Alakhdar, Beheira.
HRM calls on the Egyptian authorities to respect article 49 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which stresses children are entitled to special care and treatment to grow and flourish physically, mentally and emotionally. Children are also entitled to develop and grow in a happy and loving environment. It urges them to immediately release the minors and allow them to sit their rights and save their future.