The Human Rights Monitor submitted a complaint to the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearance on the disappearance of 19 year old Aliaa Tarek Mohamed Alsayed, an Azhar student.
Since the beginning of the school year Egyptian universities have witnessed mass protests against the unprecedented security measures taken. Clashes have broken out as forces fired tear gas to disperse the students in some universities along with live bullets and pellets. The Interior Ministry has in fact announced that it had arrested hundreds of students. Tens of students were also injured and one student was killed, Omar Sheirf Abdelwahab.
Like any other day, Aliaa a Shubra resident, left for college on October 20, to attend her lectures however her mother that afternoon received a text message informing her that her daughter was detained in an armored vehicle along with two other colleagues.
Aliaa's mother reported to our researchers that she went looking for her daughter in numerous police headquarters including Nasr City I and II Police Stations. She also searched hospitals but to no avail prompting her to file complaint No. 21562 to the Prosecutor general dated October 21st.
The two students arrested along with Aliaa were not found and no information about them were released either. HRM considered the two girls missing as well. Zeinab Hussein Abdul-Aziz and Menat-Allah Taha Mansour Aliaa's colleagues were later arrested on the same day and they were brought before the prosecution which ordered their release yesterday evening, however the whereabouts of Aliaa and the other two girls remains unknown.
Human Rights Monitor expresses its grave concern regarding the fate of the missing students and fearing Aliaa might be subjected to torture during her detention. It voices its fears on her wellbeing and safety of Aliaa and urges the UN to intervene immediately with the Egyptian authorities to release Aliaa and reveal here whereabouts. It also urges the Egyptian authorities to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms guaranteed in the international conventions and treaties to which Egypt is a party.