On Friday January, 9, 2015, Human Rights Monitor submitted an urgent appeal to the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances regarding the forced disappearance of Mr. Mosaab Ahmed AbdelAziz Mohamed Ramadan, who had been missing since October 21, 2014.
According to Mr. Ahmed Abdel Aziz the victim's father and advisor of the ousted Egyptian president Dr. Mohamed Morsi; his son was abducted for political reasons in order to pressure him to stop condemning acts of current authorities in Egypt,as his son was not charged with any criminal offence and does not have any political affiliation or interests.
Mr Mosaab, 26 is a single Egyptian citizen born in October 1988 in Pakistan. He graduated from the American University in Sharjah, UAE, in 2010 with a Bachelors of Software Engineering Degree and works as an executive manager in a company in UAE.
On October 21, 2014, Mr Mosaab received a call from the Preventive Security Services in Sharjah summoning him without giving any reasons, accusations or charges. Mr Mosaab informed his sister of the call and headed to the headquarters of the Preventive Security Services. Upon his arrival at approximately 2:20 PM Mr Mosaab's mobile was switched off and to date no details regarding his whereabouts or his safety have been offered.
On the same evening, October 21, Mr Mosaab’s sister went to the headquarters and inquired about her brother and officials confirmed he was in the building. Mr Mosaab’s sister approached the headquarters the next day only to be informed Mr Mosaab was transferred to the State Security Department in Abu Dhabi. She was denied the rights to contact or see him at all and officials refused to even deliver the food and clothes she brought him.
Mr Mosaab's family called on lawyers to help locate their son; however the lawyers feared to help stressing that their own safety and wellbeing would be at risk.
On 22 October Mr Mosaab’s sister contacted the UAE Ministry of Interior explaining the plight of her missing brother with no response.
On November 24 evening, Mr Mosaab called his sister and informed her that he is fine and will be released soon.
Mr Mosaab's father contacted the UAE consulate in Turkey in the morning of November 24 and again on 26 November respectively and submitted two inquiries regarding the fate of his son; informing them Mr Mosaab had last contacted them and demanding his son be released immediately and his whereabouts be revealed, yet no response was received from the UAE authorities to date.
HRM considers the disappearance of Mr Mosaab as an enforced disappearance carried out by the UAE authorities. According to Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” Article 2 of the Declaration on the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearances further states that “No state shall practice, permit or tolerate enforced disappearances.”
While HRM expresses deep concerns over the enforced disappearance of Mr Mosaab, it holds the UAE authorities fully responsible on the safety and wellbeing of Mr Mosaab and urges the UAE authorities to immediately release him and provide him with adequate reparation due to the injustice he suffered at the hands of the UAE authorities.