Anas al-Beltagy has been arbitrarily detained for over a decade solely due to his family affiliation. Since his arrest in December 2013, the Egyptian authorities have subjected him to a catalogue of human rights violations including enforced disappearance and torture and other ill-treatment. Since his transfer to the 10th of Ramadan Prison on June 8, 2023, he has been held in prolonged solitary confinement and denied any prison visits. His only contact with the outside world is through his appearances via video link at his pre-trial detention renewal hearings. During his last hearing held in November 2023, he was interrupted by the judge and his audio was muted while he was complaining about his treatment and prison conditions, raising further concerns about his wellbeing. He must be immediately and unconditionally released.
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Anas al-Beltagy, 30, has been arbitrarily detained for over 10 years solely because he is the son of prominent Muslim Brotherhood leader and former parliamentarian Mohamed al-Beltagy. Despite courts acquitting him of all charges in four separate cases and a judge’s decision to provisionally release him in a fifth case, he continues to be held in pre-trial detention pending investigations into a sixth case on similar spurious terrorism-related accusations. Since his arrest in December 2013, Anas al-Beltagy has been subjected to several human rights violations including enforced disappearance and torture and other ill-treatment. As Anas al-Beltagy has been banned from any prison visits and other communication since 2017, his family and lawyers only have limited information about him. They have learned that since he has been held in solitary confinement and banned from exercising outdoors or interacting with other prisoners.
I urge you to ensure that Anas al-Beltagy is immediately and unconditionally released and all charges against him are dropped as they are brought solely because of his family links and the exercise of his human rights. Pending his release, I call on you to ensure that he is held in conditions meeting international standards for the treatment of prisoners and granted regular access to his family, lawyers, and adequate healthcare.