Articles for Egypt

(Geneva, September 25, 2018) ­– Alkarama has requested the urgent intervention of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) following the abduction of 31-year-old Egyptian citizen Magdy Ez Eldin by members of the National Security Forces.

(Geneva, August 23, 2018) – On August, 17, 2018, Mohammed Atta, a 40-year-old Egyptian citizen, was coming back to Egypt with his spouse from Saudi Arabia, where he works as a senior sale consultant. Upon their arrival at the border security control of Cairo airport, officers proceeded to arrest him without providing any explanation. Since then, his family has been inquiring about his fate and whereabouts with the authorities, to no avail.

(Geneva, July 31, 2018) – On July 12, 2018, Alkarama requested the intervention of several UN Special Procedures* in the case of Aliaa Awaad, an Egyptian photojournalist who was arrested on October 23, 2017 for her coverage of terrorist activities, and is currently detained at Al Qanater Prison.

Update: Mohamed Adel was transferred to Mansoura Prison on July 3, 2018. Since then, he has been denied visits from his family and his lawyer. Adel is currently under investigation by the Sherbin Prosecution in relation to a new case, the circumstances of which remain unknown.

(Geneva, June 6, 2018) – Intensive care doctor Yahya Kamal has reappeared 12 days after his arrest at Cairo Airport on May 22, 2018.

Kamal was arrested upon entering border control at around 4 p.m. on May 22 while on his way to Saudi Arabia for a work trip. Kamal’s wife and brother, who were there to see him off, witnessed him being arrested by national security and border patrol officers.

(Geneva, June 1, 2018) – In recent weeks, the Egyptian authorities have increased their crackdown on peaceful dissent, with waves of abductions of human rights defenders, activists and bloggers.

Kamal Hassan Mehdi Hassan and Manal Yamani Ala Yamani


(Geneva, May 30, 2018) – Alkarama has requested the urgent intervention of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) in the case of a married couple who have been missing since their abductions by Egyptian homeland security on May 24, 2018.

A family of 12 Russian nationals residing in Egypt – including 7 children between the ages of 3 and 9 – remain disappeared to date after being arrested by the Egyptian secret police between March and April 2018.  

On March 24, 2018, while travelling by train to visit family in Asyut, Fatma Mohamed Diyaaeldien Mousa Mohamed was abducted along with her husband, Abdullah Mohamed Modar Mousa Mohamed, her brother, Omar Mohamed Diyaaeldien Mousa Mohamed, and her one-year-old daughter, Alyah Abdullah Mohamed Modar Mousa Mohamed. The family remains disappeared to date, with their relatives having received no information on their whereabouts.

On March 10, 2018, Islam Elsayed Mahfouz Salem Khalil, a 29-year-old sales manager from the Gharbia Governorate, was abducted while driving his car in the city of Aswan. He remains disappeared to date.

Prior to his abduction, Khalil called a family member at 8 p.m. to inform him that he was in Aswan. It is believed that he was abducted at one of the numerous checkpoints in Aswan under the control of both the police and the military.