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ECRF board member Ahmed Abdel Fattah Ibrahim in preventative detention

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Preventative Detention
About the situation

On 21 December 2019, Ahmed Abdel Fattah Ibrahim appeared at the Public Prosecution in the Nasr district of Cairo, after being held in an unknown location for 10 days.

On 10 December 2019, human rights defender Ahmed Abdel Fattah Ibrahim was arrested and arbitrarily detained by the Egyptian police in Cairo and taken to an undisclosed location. The place of his detention is still unknown.

About Ahmed Abdel Fattah Ibrahim

Ahmed Abdel FattahAhmed Abdel Fattah Ibrahim is a human rights defender and board member of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF). He principally carries out his activities in Upper Egypt, where he has coordinated several workshops and trainings on a variety of human rights issues. He works to promote health care rights and the rights of persons with disabilities, and he actively seeks protections for the rights of the Nubian ethnic minority group in Egypt.

10 January 2020
Ahmed Abdel Fattah Ibrahim in preventive detention

On 21 December 2019, Ahmed Abdel Fattah Ibrahim appeared at the Public Prosecution in the Nasr district of Cairo, after being held in an unknown location for 10 days. The prosecutor ordered the human rights defender to be kept in preventive detention at the Nasr City police station 2 for 15 days, pending investigations on charges of “belonging to a terrorist group” and “spreading false information undermining State security”.

21 December 2019
ECRF board member Ahmed Abdel Fattah Ibrahim in incommunicado detention

On 10 December 2019, human rights defender Ahmed Abdel Fattah Ibrahim was arrested and arbitrarily detained by the Egyptian police in Cairo and taken to an undisclosed location. The place of his detention is still unknown.

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Ahmed Abdel Fattah Ibrahim is a human rights defender and board member of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF). He principally carries out his activities in Upper Egypt, where he has coordinated several workshops and trainings on a variety of human rights issues. He works to promote health care rights and the rights of persons with disabilities, and he actively seeks protections for the rights of the Nubian ethnic minority group in Egypt.

On 10 December 2019, Ahmed Abdel Fattah Ibrahim was stopped and detained by the Egyptian police in the Nasr district of Cairo. Although witnesses saw police officers arrest him, police denied detaining him, and they refuse to disclose his whereabouts. His family have not heard from him since his arrest.

The staff of the ECRF are constantly under harassment from the authorities. In June 2019, researcher at the ECRF, Ibrahim Ezz El-Din, was disappeared for 167 days before he reappeared on 26 November 2019. In addition, the a lawyer for ECRF, Haytham Mohamadeen, has been under preventive detention since May 2018.

Front Line Defenders is deeply concerned about the continual harassment of human rights defenders in Egypt. It strongly condemns the Egyptian authorities’ arbitrary detention and disappearance of ECRF staff members. Front Line Defenders believes that Ahmed Abdel Fattah Ibrahim and other members of ECRF are being targeted for their legitimate human rights work.