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Arbitrary detention and torture of human rights defender Abdelrahman Tarek

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Arbitrarily Detained & Tortured
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On 10 September 2019, human rights defender Abdelrahman Tarek was arbitrarily detained by Egyptian security forces during his daily judicial observation session at the Qasr Al-Neil police station in Cairo. Abdelrahman Tarek was ill-treated and tortured during his time in detention.

About Abdelrahman Tarek

Abdelrahman Tarek is a human rights defender, working with Al-Nedal Centre for Rights and Freedoms. His work includes defending the right to free speech and free expression in Egypt, and the rights of prisoners, especially in cases of forced disappearances.

13 September 2019
Arbitrary detention and torture of human rights defender Abdelrahman Tarek

On 10 September 2019, human rights defender Abdelrahman Tarek was arbitrarily detained by Egyptian security forces during his daily judicial observation session at the Qasr Al-Neil police station in Cairo. Abdelrahman Tarek was ill-treated and tortured during his time in detention.

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Abdelrahman Tarek is a human rights defender, working with Al-Nedal Centre for Rights and Freedoms. His work includes defending the right to free speech and free expression in Egypt, and the rights of prisoners, especially in cases of forced disappearances.

Since December 2018 Abdelrahman Tarek has been under judicial observation and has been obliged to report to the Qasr Al-Neil police station every evening, spending 12 hours there from 6:30 pm until 6:30 am. On 10 September, while he was at the police station he was disappeared, and one day later he re-appeared at the Supreme State Security Prosecution office, which ordered his detention for 15 days pending further investigation. Since then he has been held at Al-Shoroq police station in Cairo. He will be transferred to Tora prison on 14 September 2019. Abdelrahman Tarek is accused of joining groups deemed illegal by the state, and publishing false news on the political and economic situation in Egypt in order to disturb public order. Following his detention Abdelrahman Tarek was subjected to electric shocks and has been denied family visits.

Abdelrahman Tarek has been frequently harassed, detained and ill-treated by the Egyptian authorities. In 2012 he was charged with organizing demonstrations without a permit, and spent five months in detention. In January 2015, he was detained for four years on the same charge; during his detention he was frequently tortured and subjected to ‘discipline’ where he was forced to spend seven days in solitary confinement. Abdelrahman Tarek was conditionally released in December 2018, but had to report for 12 hours every evening to a local police station. Abdelrahman Tarek continues to suffer from severe psychological effects as a result of his treatment by the Egyptian police.

Front Line Defenders is extremely concerned by the arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment of human rights defender Abdelrahman Tarek. Front Line Defenders believe that this arbitrary detention is solely motivated by Abdelrahman Tarek’s peaceful work in defending human rights in Egypt.