Human Rights Monitor denounces the continued enforced disappearance of Egyptian civilians abducted for political reasons by security forces. Their location remains unknown with no information regarding treatment or torture. The organization refuses this and demands forces disclose the whereabouts of those detained and their immediate release. HRM has in fact issued a statement but to no avail with no response from authorities.
A year has passed since the disappearance of minor Ahmed Hussein Mohamed Ouda 17. Egyptian military forces in uniform had abducted Ahmed along with 16 others from a mosque in Sheik Zuweid North Sinai after performing dawn prayers on February 3, 2014. It is believed that they were taken to the military camp 101 in Arish without any given reason to date. Their families have not been able to receive any information regarding their whereabouts.
Ahmed's family has urged HRM and other human rights organizations both in Egypt and abroad to help locate their son as they have tried desperately to find him in prisons and detention centres throughout the year without success. So far Ahmed has not been brought before prosecution nor have any charges been leveled against him causing great concern regarding his and 16 others' disappearance. The abduction is a complete breach of human rights ratified in Egypt and globally.
Ahmed's case is neither the first nor last in a series of enforced disappearance of civilians by Egyptian authorities on political grounds. A few days ago Egyptian police in civilian dress abducted another civilian from Menoufeya from his work place with no information to his family so far.
The wife of one Hassan Mahmoud Abdul Hamid Bakir, 36 has submitted a complaint to HRM allowing that her husband was abducted from his workplace in a ceramic factory in Sadat City. Her husband was taken from work on February 16, 2015 in a police vehicle to an unknown location.
Mahmoud's wife filed numerous reports regarding his disappearance to the prosecutor general urging information. She also called on authorities to disclose where he was stressing she was concerned over the wellbeing of her husband the father of four. She added that a warrant was made earlier for his arrest accusing him of being affiliated to an outlawed group.
HRM calls for information regarding their disappearance and their immediate release and holds the Egyptian authorities fully responsible for their safety since their abduction is a complete violation and accountability is necessary since it is against laws and conventions regarding human rights protection.
Such actions by the police and military forces contradict articles 1,2,3,4,5, and 6 of the human rights convention regarding enforced disappearance the arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the State or by persons or groups of persons acting with the authorization, support or acquiescence of the State, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person, which place such a person outside the protection of the law is illegal.
HRM has forwarded a complaint to the UN special rapporteur regarding the enforced disappearances of minor Ahmed Ouda and Hassan Bakir urging it to investigate the case and work on their release.
Furthermore it calls on the Egyptian judiciary to distance itself from these actions and to not be an accomplice in the oppression practiced by Egypt's authorities against opposition.