Two years and four months have passed since the arrest and forced disappearance of the Egyptian citizen Mohamed Abdel-Latif Abdel-Rahman Omar, 42, from al-Shakr village – Kafr Shukr District, in Qalyubia Governorate.
On January 27, 2020, Mohamed was detained by Egyptian security forces upon his arrival to Cairo airport coming from Sudan along with his colleagues. Since then, no information was released about his fate or whereabouts.
Mohamed was working as an electrical technician at a Sudanese cement firm. He used to travel to Egypt every three months to meet his wife and four children.
His family have submitted several complaints and demands to know his whereabouts. But, it was in vain.
In recent years, enforced disappearance has become a systematic and continuous policy used by Egyptian authorities to suppress its opponents from across the political spectrum, in a clear violation of international laws.
Since President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi assumed power, the Egyptian authorities have been cracking down on dissidents and critics, arresting and detaining thousands in very poor detention conditions. Many of those detainees have been convicted and sentenced in unfair trials or held without trial for years on baseless terrorism charges.