12/02/2019

Urgent Action Update: Housing Rights Researcher in Detention (Egypt: UA 104.19)


On 26 November 2019, Ibrahim Ezz El-Din, a housing rights researcher with the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), appeared at the Supreme State Security Prosecution in Cairo after 167 days of enforced disappearance since his arrest at his home in Moqattam, Cairo, on 11 June 2019.

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Public Prosecutor Hamada al-Sawi
Office of the Public Prosecutor
Madinat al-Rehab
Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt
Fax: +202 2577 4716
E-mail: [email protected]
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 Counselor,

On 26 November 2019, researcher Ibrahim Ezz El-Din was brought to the Supreme State Security Prosecution, after 167 days of enforced disappearance. The prosecutor questioned Ibrahim Ezz El-Din in the presence of his lawyers, on accusations of “contributing to the achievement of the objectives of a terrorist group” and “publication of false information undermining national security”. He was assigned to case 488/2019 of the Supreme State Security Prosecution, which relates to the anti-government protest in March 2019. Lawyer and WHRD Mahienour el-Masry, and human rights defender and journalist Esraa Abdelfattah are also among the defendants. Ibrahim was questioned about his human rights work and no evidence was presented against him. Neither Ibrahim nor his lawyers were allowed to examine the National Security Agency (NSA) investigation casefile against him. Despite being in state custody since 11 June 2019, the NSA stated that he was arrested on 25 November 2019 and denied that he had been forcibly disappeared.

Ibrahim Ezz El-Din, who appeared weak and having lost much weight, told the prosecutor that he was tortured during his detention to extract information about his relationship to the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), and about ECRF’s work. He also told the prosecutor he had been kept in inhumane and degrading conditions of detention, at several security agency locations. The prosecutor ordered his detention for 15 days in Tora prison pending investigations.

I urge you to release Ibrahim Ezz El-Din immediately and unconditionally. His detention is arbitrary as it relates to his peaceful human rights work. I call on you to also ensure that, pending his release, he is granted access to his lawyer and family, and that he is protected from torture, other ill-treatment and inhumane conditions of detention. I also urge you to open an investigation into his enforced disappearance and the torture he has been subjected to and to bring all those responsible to justice.

Yours sincerely,

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