Taher who was appointed by the Doctors' syndicate to oversee the detainees' health was issued a detention order pending investigation in case number 498/2016 after being accused of joining in the January 2011 events and was placed in prison.
Taher was arrested from his home and accused of possessing anti-regime pamphlets in case number 498/2016. HRM views the detention as a violation to Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which reads no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile and Article 9/1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which asserts 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.
Before his arrest Taher visited detainee Mohamed Maawad a disabled civilian and torture victim who was being treated at the Matareya Hospital after a part of his intestines was removed after being brutally tortured at the Matareya Police Station. The case was initially documented by Taher a member of the syndicate's investigative team.
HRM has received information allowing that Taher was subjected to beatings by police officials in Tora Prison on February 7th, 2016 at 2 am after expressing his desire to understand why he was incarcerated 12 days without evidence or charges revealing Egypt's human rights conditions has fallen to an unprecedented and all-time low.
HRM believes the beating of detainee is a clear 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 completely ignored.
Also ignored was Article 88 which cites:
(1) An untried prisoner shall be allowed to wear his own clothing if it is clean and suitable.
(2) If he wears prison dress, it shall be different from that supplied to convicted prisoners.
Mokhtar is also a member of the Refugees Solidarity Movement and the Front to Defend Rights and Freedoms in Alexandria regarded as effective human rights organization groups.
For its part HRM calls for the immediate release of Taher and urges appropriate health care and treatment for detainees. It also urges officials to allow their families and lawyers to communicate with them in accordance to UN and international agreements and covenants ratified.