Urgent Action: Three Politicians Arbitrarily Detained (Egypt: UA 107.19)

Human rights lawyer and former parliamentarian Zyad el-Elaimy, along with journalists and politicians Hossam Moanis and Hisham Fouad, as well as at least 12 other politicians, journalists, labor activists and students have been arbitrarily detained by the Egyptian authorities over charges that relate to their peaceful political activities. The Egyptian Ministry of Interior announced their detention on 25 June 2019, however Amnesty International has confirmed that at least six of them were detained before that date.



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Public Prosecutor Nabil Sadek
Office of the Public Prosecutor
Madinat al-Rehab
Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt
Fax: +202 2577 4716
Ambassador Yasser Reda
Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt
3521 International Ct NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 895 5400 I Fax: 202 244 5131
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @EgyptEmbassyUSA
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Counsellor,

I am concerned that former parliamentarian and human rights lawyer Zyad el-Elaimy, as well as journalists and politicians Hossam Moanis and Hisham Fouad are among at least 15 individuals arbitrarily detained in case 930/2019 known as “Hope case” over charges that relate to their peaceful political activities. The three individuals, as well as others were arrested in the early hours of 25 June 2019. Other detainees in the case were arrested between 9 June and 11 July. At least seven have been subjected to enforced disappearances, while at least eight were subjected to torture and other ill-treatment including electric shocks, beatings and threats.

On 2 July, the Public Prosecutor issued a decision to freeze the assets and ban the travel of 83 individuals in relation to the case, including Zyad el-Elaimy, Hossam Moanis and Hisham Fouad. On 4 July, a judge upheld the decision.

The individuals in the case are currently held in pre-trial detention pending investigations by the Supreme State Security Prosecution into arbitrary charges of “aiding a terrorist group”, “membership in a terrorist group” and “spreading false information”, in addition to other charges. The charges relate to legitimate activities including participation in public affairs, peaceful expression and defending human rights. The detention conditions of Zyad el-Elaimy and his co-defendants in Tora prison do not meet international standards, particularly regarding access to medical care, which prison authorities have not been providing adequately.

I therefore ask you to immediately and unconditionally release Zyad el-Elaimy, Hossam Moanis and Hisham Fouad as well as other individuals detained in case 930/2019, as their detention is arbitrary and solely based on the peaceful exercise of their human rights, including their rights to freedom of expression and association. I call on you to also ensure that their assets are unfrozen and that any travel bans against them are lifted. Finally, I urge you to ensure that Zyad el-Elaimy and the other detainees have adequate and regular access to qualified health professionals and to prescribed medication, in compliance with international standards and medical ethics, including the principles of confidentiality.

Yours sincerely,