The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights
Fears for the safety of EOHR Secretary General
3 December 1998The Egyptian Organization (EOHR) is following with deep concern and apprehension the condition of its secretary general, Hafez Abu-Seada. Although more than seventy hours have passed since charges were brought against him and he was placed in preventive detention, the EOHR has not received any clear information about him and whether the health and safety conditions stated by the law are being observed or not. The EOHR concerns are accentuated after receiving news that Hafez Abu Seada may be held in Al-Ihtyat Prison, which is known to be one of the worst prisons in Egypt where prisoners face inhuman treatment and are exposed to physical injury. The EOHR has made sincere efforts to obtain a visit permit that would disperse its fears and apprehension, but all efforts have been in vain. In addition, although his wife expected to obtain a visit permit from the Public Prosecution, she was unable to do so under various excuses. In the light of the above, the doubts of the EOHR about the safety of Hafez Abu Seada have aggravated. This situation ressembles the well-known case of Abdel Harith Madani. The EOHR asserts that its secretary general was arrested in full physical and psychological health. Therefore, it lays all responsibility for any injury or harm caused to his physical safety on the competent authorities, particularly the security forces. The EOHR calls for the application of the legal provisions concerning preventive detention, the first of which is to allow visits by the family and the defense lawyers to remove any suspicions that information about his condition is being withheld. The EOHR urges all democratic forces and civil society institutions to intensify their efforts for the prompt release of the EOHR secretary general.
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