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Egypt denies reports over alleged enforced disappearances

Egyptian riot police arrest a protester in Cairo, Egypt, 5 March 2013 [Tareq al-Gabas/Apaimages]
Egyptian police arrest a child in Cairo, Egypt, 2 June 2017 [Tareq al-Gabas/Apaimages, File photo]

There are no forced disappearances in Egypt, Egypt’s assistant interior minister for human rights, Major General Mohamed Youssef, has said. Youssef has called on those who spread the allegations “to proof their validity.”

The Egyptian official has claimed that an internationally-financed “campaign”, which he believed to be run by the Muslim Brotherhood, is being carried out in cooperation with number of local and international civil society organisations to promote the existence of forced disappearances by the Egyptian security forces, in an attempt to pressure the Egyptian government.

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The Egyptian government has been repeatedly denying that it uses enforced disappearances and torture to Egyptians.

According to Amnesty, over 1,000 people have been killed and 40,000 are believed to have been jailed since President Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi led the military’s overthrow of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected head of state, in 2013.

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