Date: Feb 18, 2019

Egyptian Activist Detained

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On 25 January, Islam Khalil and four other prisoners began a hunger strike to protest their arbitrary detention.

Khalil has been a victim of forced disappearence, twice. He has been subject to toture and denied access to food. He was abducted by the national security agency of Egypt in 2015 and has been charged with belonging to the banned muslim brotherhood group. On 8 January, the Cairo Criminal Court had renewed Islam Khalil’s detention for a further 45 days. Islam Khalil, has been held in pre-trial detention on trumped-up charges since 10 March 2018. Islam Khalil maintains that he is innocent. It is believed that the charges brought against him are in retaliation for his political activism. According to information received by Amnesty International, Islam Khalil is physically and mentally exhausted and requires urgent medical care.

 

Appeal for Khalil’s Release

Dear Counsellor,

On 25 January 2019, Islam Khalil and four other prisoners started a hunger strike in protest of their arbitrary detention. Islam Khalil went missing on 10 March 2018. It was not until 2 April 2018
that his family was informed of his whereabouts, after someone reported seeing him at the Tora Investigation prison in Cairo governorate during a visit.
Islam Khalil remained in arbitrary detention over unfounded charges of “membership of an illegal group” and “spreading false news”. The charges, of which Islam Khalil maintains his innocence, are believed to have been brought against him in retaliation for his perceived political activism.
According to information received by Amnesty International, Islam Khalil sleeps on the floor in a small cell that he shares with 14 inmates and suffers from back pain, as well as other health issues. He has been denied access to health care and the medication he urgently needs.

Counsellor, Nabil Sadek, I call on you to release Islam Khalil

I urge you to ensure the immediate and unconditional release of Islam Khalil, who is being detained
arbitrarily and drop all charges against him, and that, pending his release, Islam Khalil is protected from
torture and other ill-treatment and that his detention conditions are in line with international standards,
including access to water, food, medical treatment and medication. I urge you to ensure that prompt,
independent, effective and impartial investigation is conducted into Islam Khalil’s allegations of torture
and other ill-treatment and the circumstances surrounding his enforced disappearance from 10 March to
1 April 2018, and ensure that all those suspected to be responsible are brought to justice in fair trials.

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