Detainee Ramy Sayed Hassanein 26, a translator from Cairo sent a leaked
message stating he was subjected to torture in detention and deprived of his
most basic rights.
Since the beginning of his arrest Officer Ahmed Aldeeb ordered 9 informants to
strip his clothes and tie him to a post and began beating and electrocuting him
threatening him with rape. He was later locked in solitary confinement.
On December 24th, 2016 Ramy who was arrested without legal support or arrest warrant while he was with a friend at a café downtown began a partial hunger strike. On January 3rd, 2017 he was transferred Tora Prison after being accused of protesting without permit, possessing weapons and belonging to an outlawed group. He was issued a 45 day detention order pending investigation by prosecution.
Authorities have prevented him from receiving his school books to study for his exams and his family has faced restrictions during visits where he was also prevented from receiving personal belongings. Several complaints have been lodged to the relevant authorities calling for his constitutional rights however to no avail.
The measures are a clear violation to Article 2 of the Convention against Torture which reads:
1. Each State Party shall take effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent acts of torture in any territory under its jurisdiction.
2. 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 of torture.
3. An order from a superior officer or a public authority may not be invoked as a justification of torture.
Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights was also disregarded mandating:
1. 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.
2. Anyone who is arrested shall be informed, at the time of arrest, of the reasons for his arrest and shall be promptly informed of any charges against him.
On these grounds HRM calls on the Egyptian authorities to immediately release the detainee and to open an investigation regarding the crimes committed and the torture practiced inside Egypt's prisons and detention centres. It also calls on the international rights organizations to send a fact finding committee to monitor the rights situation in Egypt and to hold accountable all responsible for the crime and punish the perpetrators in front of a court of law.