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Egypte: Protest against detention and torture of woman human rights defender

Monday 14 October 2019, by siawi3

Source: Nazra for Feminist Studies

Urgent Appeal Update: Esraa Abdel Fattah, WHRD and political activist goes on hunger strike due to torture and abuse while in detention and she is assigned to case 488/2019

Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 9:13 AM

Urgent Appeal Update: Esraa Abdel Fattah, WHRD and political activist goes on hunger strike due to torture and abuse while in detention and she is assigned to case 488/2019

14 October 2019

Egyptian WHRD, political activist and journalist, Esraa Abdel Fattah goes on hunger strike due to torture and abuse while in detention and she is assigned to case 488/2019.

On Sunday, 13 Ocotober 2019, WHRD, political activist and journalist Esraa Abdel Fattah whereabouts was revealed. Ms. Abdel Fattah was found in Supreme State Security Prosecution after she has been subject to unlawful abduction and more than 24 hours enforced disappearance. In fact, the horrors that Ms. Abdel Fattah faced was not limited to the circumstances of her violent arbitrary arrest as escalation of abuse and ill-treatment to detained WHRDs in Egypt is witnessed.

According to her lawyers, Ms. Abdel Fattah was tortured, abused and physically assaulted throught the 24 hours of her disappearance. Since the moment of her kidnap, she was blindfolded until she was taken to an unknown destination where she was kept in an unknown building. At this unknown building, Ms. Abdel Fattah was left for almost 7 hours standing while facing the wall blindfolded and handcuffed. Then, she has been beaten repeatedly as she refused to give away the pascodes of her mobile phone. Afterwards, she was relocated to another unknown building where she was stifled with the jacket that she was wearing then hung with it in order to unlock her phone. After these failed attempts to get her passwords, the security forces used Esraa’s fingers to enter finger touch passcode through which they succeeded in getting access to her phone.

As a result of these abuses and torture, Ms. Abdel Fattah went on a hunger strike when attending her interrogation. Her lawyers requested forensic evaluation to prove State violations against Ms. Abdel Fattah in the investigation. Consequently, she has been threatened by security forces in order not to disclose the details of her detention as she will return to them and she will face more abuses if she did. Until now, her whereabouts is not announced and no one knows to where the national authorities have deported Esraa Abdel Fattah.

The Supreme State Security Prosecution assigned Ms. Abdel Fattah to case 488/2019 with the following accusations:
1- Collaborating with a terrorist organization to achieve its goals
2- Spreading false news
3- Using social media to publish false rumors

The case 488/2019, which related to the March 2019 anti-governmental protests includes Ludovic Trarieux Award winner WHRD and lawyer Mahienour Al-Masry and former head of Dostour Party Khaled Dawood. Based on these unfounded charges, Ms. Abdel Fattah was ordered for 15 days in remand detention by the prosecutor.

Ms. Abdel Fattah, who was a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, has been systematically targeted and harassed by the Egyptian authorities since 2014 through judicial harassment on the background of case 173/2011, commonly known as the “foreign funding” case and has been banned from traveling since 2015. On the night of 12 October 2019, WHRD, activist and journalist, Esraa Abdel Fattah has been abducted from the streets of Cairo after a deadly road chase.

We are highly concerned for her bodily safety and psychological well-being while in detention. Ms. Abdel Fattah’s body is bruised in many parts and in serious pain as result of torture and physical assault.

Please join Nazra for Feminist Studies in urging the Egyptian Authorities to immediately release Esraa Abdel Fattah, grant her protection during detention, and to halt torture and other ill-treatment. We further hold the State responsible for her physical and psychological well-being while in the State’s custody.

Nazra for Feminist Studies . نظرة للدراسات النسوية