In Fayoum 31 year old Bilal Othman Abdul Baqy Attiwa's fate remains unknown after police forces stormed his him on August 18h, 2015 arresting and concealing his whereabouts in an unknown location. The action is a complete violation to article 2 of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance which mandates no exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification for enforced disappearance.
Speaking to HRM his family stated that they submitted several complaints to the prosecutor, attorney general and Justice Minister however to no avail. They added his disappearance has had a negative impact emotionally, socially and financially on his wife and child especially as he is the family's sole breadwinner
The authorities in Egypt have violated article 6 of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance which states Each State Party shall take the necessary measures to hold criminally responsible at least:
(a) Any person who commits, orders, solicits or induces the commission of, attempts to commit, is an accomplice to or participates in an enforced disappearance;
(b) A superior who:
(i) Knew, or consciously disregarded information which clearly indicated, that subordinates under his or her effective authority and control were committing or about to commit a crime of enforced disappearance;
(ii) Exercised effective responsibility for and control over activities which were concerned with the crime of enforced disappearance; and
(iii) Failed to take all necessary and reasonable measures within his or her power to prevent or repress the commission of an enforced disappearance or to submit the matter to the competent authorities for investigation and prosecution.
HRM calls on the authorities to disclose the whereabouts of the detainee and immediately release him and compensate him for time spent behind bars without legal support. It condemns the violations and the abductions of civilians ignoring their age and gender and urges the authorities to respect international covenants and agreements concerning enforce disappearances.