Human Rights Monitor has submitted an urgent appeal regarding the disappearance of Port Said resident Hossam Aldin Altmeemy Abdo Shalaby whose home was stormed 5 days ago. To date he has not been brought before prosecution or any investigating body. His family has not been able to contact him causing much worry and alarm.
Hossam was abducted by Egyptian police from his home on February 12th, and was taken to the Zohour Police Station however his current location remains unknown. According to the 28 year old Chemical Engineer and father of 2, the Police administration denied his arrest and detention despite personnel from the police storming his house and taking him away.
HRM denounces the enforced disappearance of Hossam and expresses its deep concern regarding the collective detentions of families. It is worth noting that Hossam's brother Ahmed Alsayed Altmeemy Abdo Shalaby also a Chemical Engineer from Port Said was arrested December 27th, 2014, near the Rahim Mosque there.
The 24 year old was transferred to the security force camp to be brought before prosecution the next day and was charged with belonging to an outlawed group and using explosives and has had his detention routinely renewed despite orders by prosecution to release him.
HRM holds the Egyptian authorities responsible for the safety of the citizens' lives and condemns the oppression by the authorities towards the regime's opposition. Furthermore it believes the Egyptian judiciary is an accomplice in the disappearance of opposition as it has remained silent and fails to cooperate in helping the detainees abducted.
HRM stresses that the continued abduction of citizens in Egypt is a crime and is a breach to the International Convention of the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance ratified in 2006. According to articles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 the widespread or systematic practice of enforced disappearances constitutes a crime against humanity.
HRM also urges authorities to disclose the whereabouts of Hossam and the immediate release of both brothers since this enforced disappearance is a clear violation of all international human rights laws agreed upon and signed by Egypt.
HRM has filed a an urgent appeal to the UN Working on Enforced Disappearances and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention calling on them to work towards finding Hossam urging his release as well as releasing his arbitrarily detained borther.