HRM received a complaint from the family of Moataz Ahmed Mohamed Hassan Sabeeh 21, AKA Moataz Sabeeh a first year engineering student from Shubra Khema stating he was arrested by security forces in uniform without legal support on his way home on January 6th, 2016.
According to his family forces stormed their home and inquired after the father who was not present at the time. They then abducted the son after destroying the houses' contents. Several complaints were submitted and the family has required information regarding the youth's location however authorities have disregarded the complaint. His disappearance has had a negative impact on the family.
The action is a flagrant violation by authorities against international covenants ratified by the state of Egypt.
Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which reads everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person was ignored in addition to Article 5 which reads no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
The detention also violates Article 12 no one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks was ignored also.
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Article 7 which reads no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. In particular, no one shall be subjected without his free consent to medical or scientific experimentation and Article 17/2 which states everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks was disregarded.
Authorities also violated Article 6 of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance which states
1: Each State Party shall take the necessary measures to hold criminally responsible any person who commits, orders, solicits or induces the commission of, attempts to commit, is an accomplice to or participates in an enforced disappearance.
2. No order or instruction from any public authority, civilian, military or other, may be invoked to justify an offence of enforced disappearance.
HRM calls on the Egyptian authorities to disclose where the detainee is being held and holds it fully responsible for his mental and physical wellbeing. It also calls on the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to intervene to end the violations against the Egyptian citizens and to hold them accountable in front of a fair court.