Target: Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of Egypt
Goal: Immediately release young boy allegedly being tortured by police.
A 14-year-old boy has reported being tortured, beaten, and raped by police while being illegally held pending trial in Egypt. Mazen Mohamed Abdallah was taken from his home for interrogation by the Armed Forces, and was held for a full week without being allowed to contact his family or a lawyer. Four months later the boy remains in police custody, awaiting trial for association with the banned Muslim Brotherhood and inciting protests.
According to Abdallah’s lawyer, the boy has suffered greatly at the hands of security forces, who have attempted to coerce him into confessing. The boy reported receiving electrical shocks on his genitals and being raped with a wooden stick. The torture intensified until he agreed to memorize and present a false confession. He was told by police that they would go after his family if he redacted his “confession” in the future.
When Abdallah finally gained access to a lawyer, the lawyer urged him to tell the prosecutor about the conditions of his detention. Rather than examining and documenting the apparent signs of torture on the boy’s body, the prosecutor charged him with several crimes and ordered him to be detained pending trial, an action which is illegal under Egypt’s Child Law. Abdallah remains in custody, with his health declining due to the unhygienic conditions in the overcrowded police station cells.
Unfortunately, this is only one case in Egypt’s rampant trend of forced disappearances and barbaric detention practices. In order to bring justice to Abdallah and others like him, the Egyptian government must crack down on the widespread torture of detainees by security forces. Sign the petition below to demand that the boy is freed and that all involved in his illegal detention and torture are immediately fired.
Dear President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi,
Mazen Mohamed Abdallah is a 14-year-old boy who has been held illegally for nearly four months in police custody. He was reportedly tortured, beaten, and sodomized by security officials, who coerced him into delivering a false confession. In detention, Abdallah’s visits with his family and lawyer have been severely limited, and he has developed a skin disease due to the unsanitary conditions of his detention.
Forced disappearances and torture at the hands of police are common atrocities in Egypt, and must be addressed immediately. We, the undersigned, demand that the boy be released and that those responsible for his illegal detention and torture be immediately fired, and that Egypt implement an overhaul of its justice system in order to put a stop to these barbaric human rights abuses.
[Your Name Here]
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