HRM received a complaint stating that Abed Alaa el Deen Ezzat AKA Abed Ezzat 23, a computer science student from Sidi Bishr Alexandria was abducted by security forces without legal support while on his way to the Falaki district in Alexandria on January 25th, 2016.
According to his friends who witnessed the incident security agents dragged Abed into a police car without justification. His family had lodged several complaints requiring information regarding his whereabouts however to no avail. He was taken to the Montaza Police Station and charged with fabricated crimes including rioting and belonging to an outlawed group. Although he was found innocent and issued a release order on February 13th, 2016 he was not released and sources have stated that he remains held at the National Security Headquarters in Alexandria where he is subjected torture. His detention has had a negative impact affecting his family both emotionally and financially
The arbitrary detention is a violation to international agreements including:
1: Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which reads o one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
2: Article 1 of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance which states:
For the purposes of this Convention, "enforced disappearance" is considered to be the arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the State or by persons or groups of persons acting with the authorization, support or acquiescence of the State, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person, which place such a person outside the protection of the law.
HRM condemns the systematic and continued violations practiced against the civilians as abductions are on the rise and arbitrary arrests escalate overcrowding prison and detention centres nationwide. The authorities are relying on deadly force and power to control the people.
HRM calls on the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances and the international community to intervene and work towards ending the abductions and violations against human rights in Egypt.