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On 4 October 2022, Najda for Human Rights and Alkarama launched an urgent appeal to the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances regarding the situation of Mr Walid Fouad Al Ghunaimi AL MAGHAZI who was arrested in front of his home on 17 September 2022 at 1:00 am by several members of the Egyptian security services. 

The family of detainee Abdel Rahman ELSAYAR said Egyptian authorities had transferred their son to Badr prison, east of Cairo.  Badr is a recently created prison complex which, according to the authorities, is dedicated to the reception of prisoners serving short sentences, and where “emphasis is put on their professional qualification”.

On 22 June 2022, Alkarama submitted the case of Abdelrahman Ali Mohammed Ali ELSAYAR and Hossam Ali Mohamed Hegazy HAMZA to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, both of whom were arbitrarily arrested by the Egyptian security forces and then sentenced to long prison terms following unfair trials.

The facts

The case of Abdelrahman ELSAYAR

Our concerns
  • Crackdown on peaceful dissent and political opposition through the use of repressive laws including counter-terrorism legislation;
  • Arbitrary detention following mass and military trials of individuals including political opponents and peaceful protesters, journalists, human rights defenders
  • Systematic practice of torture as well as inhuman conditions of detention and denial of medical care in prisons;
  • Extrajudicial executions of victims of enforced disappearance masked during counter-terrorist operations.


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International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
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Individual Complaint procedure with the Human Rights committee (ICCPR Optional protocol 1) Ratified ?
Second Optional Protocol of ICCPR (abolition of death penalty) ratified ?
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OVERDUE - State party did not submit report on time
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (UNCAT)
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OPCAT (National Preventive Mechanism) Ratified ?
National Preventive Mechanism (OPCAT) created ?
UNCAT Art 20 (confidential inquiries) ratified ?
UNCAT Art 22 (Individual Complaint procedure) Ratified ?
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Next CAT State Report Due
OVERDUE - State party did not submit report on time
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED)
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Human Rights Council
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