As of this February, the Egyptian authorities have forcibly disappeared Bilal Muhammad Bakri, 24-years old, for the sixth calendar year in a row.
Bakri was arrested on 9 February 2018 at a security checkpoint in the Cairo Governorate. He has been held in an unknown location since.
Bakri is a graduate of Ain Shams University. He married six months before his arrest, and has had a son since then. He has never met his child.
Until today, neither Bakri’s family nor his lawyers have been informed of his whereabouts, nor have they had any communication with him.
Egypt’s public prosecution has not announced any case against Bakri.
Enforced disappearance is one of the Egyptian regime’s stock weapons against its political opponents, one that is in clear violation of all international laws and norms.
Since 2013 the Egyptian authorities have arrested 10s of 1000s of people for what are, in fact, political crimes.
Many of them have been sentenced and convicted following unfair trials. Many have been detained without trial for years at a time.
Conditions in Egyptian prisons are now infamous globally for their appalling conditions.