Twenty one year old Yosra Sayed Khateeb a graduate from the Mansoura English Faculty of Arts was arrested November 12, 2013 during the November clashes at Mansoura University.
Along with 2 other girls Yosra was attacked by thugs on university campus, arrested and taken off the campus and has since been detained after being charged with various offences including opposing the military coup and protesting against the state’s institutions.
Yosra spent a week at the Mansoura Precinct and was verbally abused. She was later moved to a women's cell number 3*3 with no toilets where she was attacked by other women detained for criminal offences. Cigarette burns were found on her body.
She spent a further 45 days in Minyet Alnasr Prison where the administration treated all inmates badly. They were told to face the wall and Yosra was again assaulted by a police official.
Yosra was allowed only a weekly five-minute visit with her family and her belongings were continually hosed down during the coldest of weather. The detainees were also denied shoes to wear.
Despite sharing a cell in the Mansoura Prison the three girls were banned from speaking or eating together and an official was assigned to make sure they did not interact.
On May 21st, Yosra was sentenced to three years after being charged in case number 12571 with protesting against the state’s institutions, damaging public and private property and disturbing the peace.
Other accusations include attacking the University's administration where the report was filed by the University's Head, Sayed Abdul Khaleq, (currently the Minister of Higher Education), where she was served another 3 year sentence. Other students in the same case were served up to 17 year sentences. During her detention Yosra fell ill, often and was denied medication and treatment. Yosra was transferred to the Damanhur Prison to serve her 6 year sentence 3 of which will be under tough surveillance.
Menat-Allah Mustafa Albelehy a first year Faculty of Arts student was also detained. Arrested November 19, 2013 the 19 year old has spent to date 11 months in detention. She was served a 2 year sentence on May 21st, 2014 after being charged with disturbing the peace, damaging public property in addition to a host of other fabrications. She has been afflicted with numerous diseases and has had trouble speaking and has had issues eating.
Detainee Abrar Alaa Esmat 19, a Commerce Student was arrested with her colleagues Menna and Yosra and has also suffered at the hands of the administration. To date she remains in the Mansoura Public Prison.
Abrar was handed a 2 year sentence in case number 12671 for 2013 after being leveled with 40 charges including damaging property and disturbing the peace.
In a few weeks the girls will have spent a year in detention in inhumane conditions unjustly accused of crimes they did not commit.
Human Rights Monitor has filed numerous complaints calling for the immediate release of the girls to the UN Working Group. It called on the responsible bodies and Egyptian authorities to interfere urging the release of all political detainees. It also demanded compensation be paid to the girls and their families in addition to allowing the freedom of Egypt's citizens and full respect and regard to expression and freedom and opinion.