Egypt suffers spate of kidnappings
From AHMED MOOLA in Cairo, Egypt
CAIRO, (CAJ News) – A new wave of forced disappearances at the hands of the Egyptian Homeland Security, and a consequent denial from authorities to provide information and recognise the abductions, has worsened the country’s political crisis.
The violations have been highlighted by the abduction of a medical student, Ahmed Abdelrahman Ahmed Youssef Mabrouk. The abductions has sent shockwaves the country.
Members of the Homeland Security kidnapped him early September in Giza, the third largest city.
He has since gone missing, with the authorities denying any implication in his abduction and refusing to disclose his whereabouts.
His case adds to the thousands of disappearances that have occurred in the country, including the recent disappearances earlier this month, of a lawyer and another student in the Giza Governorate.
“Again, we witness another case of enforced disappearance at the hands of the Egyptian Homeland Security and a consequent denial from the relevant authorities to provide information and to even recognise the disappearance,” said a spokesperson for Alkarama, the global rights group.
Rights groups are calling for the release of all government opponents secretly detained and to place them under the protection of the law.
Alkarama urged government to immediately halt the systematic practice. – caj News
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