CAIRO, 7 March 2021 – Amnesty International has called on Egyptian authorities to investigate the two-year-long “enforced disappearance” of a university lecturer and her three-year-old son.
The London-based rights group made the appeal after the lecturer reappeared in Cairo last month, showing signs of trauma.
The Middle East Eye reported Friday that the 27-year-old mother was arrested by Egyptian National Security officers on 9 March 2019, along with her son and her husband, Omar Abu el-Naga, from their home in the city of Alexandria.
The uncle of the “disappeared” infant hasd spoken out in June 2019 about the then one-year-old child going missing, along with this mother and father.
A lawyer spotted the mother and her child last February 20 in Cairo.
The rights group condemned Egyptian security services for reaching “a new level of brutality” by holding the mother and child incommunicado for two years without access to due process.
Even after reappearing, the lecturer is under threats from security agents.
“A National Security officer threatened to disappear her forever if she claimed to have been forcibly disappeared for two years,” Amnesty reported, adding that the officer threatening her told her to say she had been arrested only two days before she reappeared.
The child is badly traumatized by the crime.
His uncle explained that the child “kept saying, I want to go back to the room,” in reference to the room where he was held with his mother for two years.
Amnesty International accuses Egyptian authorities of having “a long, grim record of forcibly disappearing and torturing people they consider government opponents or critics”.