The Revolutionary Alliance of Egyptian Women, a women’s rights opposition group, has revealed that “since the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, over 2,000 women have been arrested… and 90 others have been killed.”
The figures came in a statement published on the group’s Facebook page yesterday as part of raising awareness for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which falls on 25 November.
The Alliance also claimed that the Egyptian authorities are holding women on “political” charges, while the Egyptian government considers the same charges to be “criminal”.
“The Egyptian authorities have committed 20 documented rape crimes against women in prison,” the group added.
The Alliance accused the Egyptian authorities of “resorting to threatening rape in order to force women and their families to confess to fabricated crimes,” noting that “four women and girls are still missing after being forcibly disappeared.” The group added that “those with disabilities were not spared from detention, as in the case of Esraa El-Taweel, who was detained in the street.”
The statement also mentioned the unfair rulings made against women, including maximum security imprisonment and execution. The alliance noted that “a death sentence has been issued against a woman named Samia Shanan and she suffers the worst form of torture on a daily basis.”
The Revolutionary Alliance of Egyptian Women has also urged people to use the hashtag #we_won’t_abandon_our_rights in order to send a message to the entire world by turning off their lights for 5 minutes at 7pm today.
Anadolu news agency has not been able to obtain a response from official authorities to the accusations made by the Alliance in their statement.