Target:Egyptian Minister of the Interior Magdy Abdel Ghaffar
Goal: Release child victim of alleged torture and sexual abuse from prison.
A 14-year-old boy was allegedly sexually abused by police while in custody in Egypt. According to Amnesty International, Mazen Mohamed Abdallah has repeatedly been tortured during his incarceration with methods including sexual abuse with a wooden stick and electric shocks to his genitals. Egypt’s police force has a long history of human rights violations, and the time has come to put an end to this troubling pattern.
Amnesty International claims Abdallah was tortured into confessing allegiance to the Muslim Brotherhood and participating in an illegal protest. In the aftermath of the 2011 revolution, the Brotherhood was labeled a criminal organization. Egyptian police arrested thousands of its supporters, sentencing hundreds to death in mass trials.
The police force in Egypt is infamous for its cruel and inhumane practices as multiple officers have been accused of or sentenced for committing horrific crimes. In the past month alone, two police officers were sentenced to five years in jail for torturing a lawyer, while nine officers were charged with beating a father of four to death.
Given Egypt’s reputation, Mazen Mohamed Abdallah faces a lengthy jail sentence filled with torture, pain, and little hope for a fair trial. The 2011 revolution was meant to stop the injustice that plagued Egypt, but with events such as the arrest of this child, it is clear that not enough has been done. Sign the petition below to help give this boy back his freedom.
Dear Minister Abdel Ghaffar,
Your officers currently hold a 14-year-old boy, Mazen Mohamed Abdallah, in custody on charges of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. While in custody, Abdallah has allegedly been tortured and sexually abused, and his mistreatment is an ugly mark on Egypt’s human rights record. Abdallah is little more than a child, and I urge you to release him.
Abdallah’s incarceration has been denounced internationally, with major organizations such as Amnesty International calling for his release. The alleged torture and abuse that he has suffered only compounds the issue, as Egypt has a reputation for human rights violations. The boy faces a lengthy prison sentence, likely filled with further pain and abuse, but you have the power to help him. Granting Abdallah his freedom would be a significant step towards eliminating that reputation.
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Photo Credit: Muhammad Ghafari