HRM received a complaint from the family of Mohamed Akram Zahr el Deen Ali, 23 a fourth year commerce student stating he was abducted by security forces in civil dress without legal support from Nasr City in Cairo on January 23rd, 2017.
Mohamed was at a friend's house at the time of his arrest after the doorman informed the security forces of his whereabouts. Forces then stormed the district and arrested the student. His family stated that they were approached earlier by security requiring information of their son and his location. No information regarding his whereabouts after his arrest is known and he subjected to enforced disappearances.
Since his father's death Mohamed has been the sole provider for his family and his arrest has had a negative effect on them. His mother began a hunger strike after complaints were lodged to the relevant authorities with no response. Neither his family nor lawyers were able to communicate with Mohamed.
Despite calls to the Egyptian authorities to end the abductions and enforced disappearances which are considered crimes against humanity the measures continue to take place. Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was ignored reading:
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Article 9/1 of the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance was also disregarded. It states:
1. The right to a prompt and effective judicial remedy as a means of determining the whereabouts or state of health of persons deprived of their liberty and/or identifying the authority ordering or carrying out the deprivation of liberty is required to prevent enforced disappearances under all circumstances, including those referred to in Article 7 above.
On these grounds HRM denounces the increasing number of enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and illegal detentions of innocent civilians which have had negative impacts on many families. IT calls on the relevant authorities to disclose where the detainees are being held to allow relatives to communicate with them.