Hatem was abducted from the Dar Alteb Hospital in Giza while he was marketing for a medical supplies company confiscating the 10, 000 LE of supplies he had with him.
According to Hatem's family he was subjected to all forms of torture since his detention at the Dokki Police Station after he was transferred from the Lazoghly Security Headquarters in Cairo. He was later moved to the Tora Prison in South Cairo where he was tortured further receiving electric shocks, hung from the ceiling and beaten using wooden rods.
HRM confirms the actions are a violation 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 87 in particular which reads within the limits compatible with the good order of the institution, untried prisoners may, if they so desire, have their food procured at their own expense from the outside, either through the administration or through their family or friends. Otherwise, the administration shall provide their food was ignored.
Hatem is accused of belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, belonging to the Dawwa Salafeya group and taking part in the pyramid bombing which took place in January in Giza. His detention was renewed 15 days pending investigation in case number 29/2016.
Along with harsh treatment the prison's administration has prevented him from receiving blankets and personal belongings and banned from sitting his tests in a flagrant breach to article 2 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child which cites 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. On January 11th, 2016 authorities arrested Ossama 18 a second year secondary student from a Giza apartment along with his friends who were later released.
His mother Randa Ismail told HRM that security forces stormed the apartment on the eve of his tests as they were preparing to sit tests the next day. His friends were released a week later however her son has been enforced into disappearance since his arrest. She added that several complaints were submitted to the attorney and prosecutor general and interior minister requesting information regarding his whereabouts. After much effort his mother was able to learn through the relatives of another detainee that Ossama was held at the Sheikh Zayed Police Station in Giza however officials there denied the fact.
The family has since the arrest of Ossama and his father been in a miserly state.
HRM condemns the enforced disappearance measures practiced against the Egyptian civilians. The practice is a flagrant violation to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights where Article 9 asserts no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile. Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention. No one shall be deprived of his liberty except on such grounds and in accordance with such procedure as are established by law.
HRM calls on the Egyptian authorities to disclose where Ossama is being held and to allow his lawyers to communicate with him. It calls on the Egyptian authorities to respect Article 49 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Security forces had arrested Seif Suleiman Seif 49 from his workplace in Marsa Matrouh on September 23rd, 2014 prior to arresting Hatem and Ossama.
He was placed in the Borg el Arab Prison in Alexandria and subjected to brutal torture and humiliation and denied his personal belonging, clothing, food and medication. He was accused of belonging to an outlawed group in case number 25421 and 25422 and has had his detention routinely renewed every 45 days.
HRM calls on the Egyptian authorities to immediately release the 3 detainees as soon as possible and to allow them to communicate with their lawyers and to allow the students to sit their tests.