HRM received a recent complaint from the family of student Abdul Rahman Yosry Alhawary 15 from Qutoor Gharbeya on December 31st, 2015 stating he was arrested from the street while buying school supplies.
Sadly the arrests take place by police in civil dress proving that the arrest took place without legal support highlighting that the perpetrators are the police and not the detainee arrested. The actions are a clear violation as the arrest took place without an arrest warrant. He was lucky enough though not to be subjected to physical or any type of torture.
Abdul Rahman was charged with belonging to an outlawed group and protesting which is considered a crime in case number 10536/2016 and has been issued a 15 day detention order despite being mentally challenged.
According to his family their son is currently held at a juvenile detention centre and the administration has restricted visits to less than 5 minutes at a time. Personal belongings, clothing, food, blankets and medication are banned from entry unless bribes are paid. The family added Abdul Raman's arrest has affected them emotionally.
No complaints were submitted to the prosecutor and attorney general however a request for Abdul Rahman to receive school books were denied.
The actions are a violation to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which asserts:
(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
Article 3 which states everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person was also ignored.
HRM calls on the Egyptian authorities to promptly release the detainee arbitrarily arrested in violation to the law and holds them fully responsible for his mental and physical health.
It calls on domestic and international NGO's to take the necessary steps to end the systematic violations by the Egyptian authorities against the civilians and to follow the legal measures needed to guarantee the safety and rights of the citizens.