The university student Youssef Mohamed Mahmoud Amin, 23, has been forcibly disappeared after his arrest by Egyptian security forces on November 3, 2019.
Egyptian authorities continue to refuse his family’s appeals to reveal his whereabouts.
His family affirmed that their son has never been involved in any political activism. However, his friend was demanded for publishing social media posts calling for his imprisoned father’s release.
Youssef’s family have earlier submitted requests to the Public Prosecutor, the Ministers of Justice and Interior, and the Chief Prosecutor of East Cairo, to reveal their son’s whereabouts. However, it was in vain.
Security services have repeatedly refused to provide the family with any information about their son.
Prior to Youssef’s arrest, his father was arrested more than once, where security forces stormed in large numbers his house and workplace. Violent search operations were carried out during the raids. He was forcibly disappeared for 40 days.
Fearing security prosecution, Youssef’s father was forced to leave the country on September 27, 2019.
Youssef told his father of his intention to leave the country on November 3, 2019. However, the Egyptian security forces arrested him from the train.
Since then, his fate and whereabouts remain unknown.
Since Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi assumed power, Egyptian authorities have waged an unprecedented crackdown against dissidents and critics, arresting thousands of them for political reasons and forcibly disappearing hundreds of others in an effort to intimidate opponents and wipe out peaceful dissent.
Those disappeared and tortured are then routinely convicted in grossly unfair mass trials, in some cases before military courts.