The violations against Menofeya students continues to escalate as students are abducted from university campus and brutally beaten during protests in addition to facing uncalled for suspensions because of their political views. Detained students are also being tortured in an effort to send a message and frighten other students wanting to voice their opinion.
HRM has in fact documented cases of such violations during these last few weeks the latest being student Yusuf Bilal who has been transferred to Shebin el Kom General Prison. Another case is of teachers college student Sohaib Alsayed who was abducted April 9 while leaving the college grounds and student Mahmoud Amer was also abducted from in front of the college three days later and on the same day student Osama Alnahas was abducted from the students' dorm.
HRM followed closely and with concern torture cases in prison including students last week. Detainees were put in one cell and had their clothes removed. They were tortured and electrocuted and abused both physically and verbally after being threatened with rape. All personal belongings, food, books and medication were confiscated although they suffered from diabetes, hepatitis and allergies.
Among the detainees who were brutally tortured were faculty of science student Mahmoud Amer, and engineer students Ahmed Khaled Shaheen and Mahmoud Maher Alashmony and Mustafa Fowzy an agriculture student. Evidence of torture was seen when they were brought before prosecution and their detentions were renewed.
HRM also followed the case of engineer student Mohamed Yosry who was abducted by security forces in collaboration with the university's administration at the end of March. He remained in enforced disappearance for four days before he was expelled from his college and he was later brought before a military tribunal not appropriate for civilians in Madinet Nasr causing concern regarding the integrity of the trials.
The case of twelve other students who were expelled also grabbed the attentions of HRM as it is evident efforts are made to gag mouths and to control the lives of the students. The students were expelled after they participated in a peaceful sit in condemning the beatings by the university's administration along with thugs who beat and dragged female students on campus that were later detained for hours and threatened with arrest. Ola Almatawee, Israa Hashad, Sarah Salam and Hager Ahmed were among the students beaten.
It appears that the Egyptian authorities and the university guards along with the administration have chosen to disregard articles chartered in the international convention for civil, political and human rights which cite no civilian shall be tortured or treated badly or brutally and all civilians must be treated with respect. The convention states that the authorities fail to Recognize that, in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ideal of free human beings enjoying civil and political freedom and freedom from fear and want can only be achieved if conditions are created whereby everyone may enjoy his civil and political rights, as well as his economic, social and cultural rights. Furthermore HRM calls for the immediate accountability of all responsible for the violations against the above mentioned students.