Egyptian students suffer government abductions

Coptic Christian men whose relatives were abducted in Libya hold their photos in front of the foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Masked gunmen kidnapped 21 Coptic Christians last month in the central Libyan city of Sirte in a new wave of assaults against Egypt's Christians working in the war-torn North African nation plagued with Islamic extremists. A Libyan affiliate of the Islamic State has claimed the abduction of 21 Coptic Christians and released pictures of the captives. The claim and photos were posted last week on jihadi forums used by Islamic State supporters. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Coptic Christian men whose relatives were abducted in Libya hold their photos in front of the foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Masked gunmen kidnapped 21 Coptic Christians last month in the central Libyan city of Sirte in a new wave of assaults against Egypt’s Christians working in the war-torn North African nation plagued with Islamic extremists. A Libyan affiliate of the Islamic State has claimed the abduction of 21 Coptic Christians and released pictures of the captives. The claim and photos were posted last week on jihadi forums used by Islamic State supporters. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

From AHMED MOOLAH in Cairo, Egypt
CAIRO, (CAJ News) – ENFORCED disappearances are on the rise in Egypt where two young students have gone missing after abductions by state security agents.

Ahmed Abdelrahim Hanafi Abdelrahim, a 21-year-old, disappeared on in September b in Alexandria, while going to work where he is a trainee.

Sidi Gaber (18), a student from Sohag, studying and working in Cairo, was also abducted late August in front of his workplace.

The state’s Homeland security, which has quashed dissent by anti-government students, has been blamed for the abductions.

Mohamed Gomaa Youssef Afifi, a citizen residing in Ain Shams, was abducted from his home in December 2015 and gone missing since.

Similarly, Abdelrahim Mahmoud Abd Annabi Alsayed disappeared in September 2014 while coming back home from work.

He is still missing.

Rights groups said the cases were only the tip of the iceberg and illustrative of a recurrent practice of enforced disappearances at the hands of state officials.

It is believed the disappearances are rising after the 2013 military takeover.

“The human rights situation is way worse today than it was during (Hosni) Mubarak’s rule. Enforced disappearances do constitute a systematic practice,” said rights advocate, Rachid Mesli.
CAJ News

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