Egypt Independent

Families still pressing rights council on missing relatives whereabouts



Families of alleged victims of forced disappearance are continuing to approach the National Council for Human Rights for assistance in finding the location of their missing relatives.
 
Sources have told Al-Masry Al-Youm that recent complaints stood between 10 and 15. A statement by the council said the families are demanding its intervention with concerned authorities.
 
The same sources revealed that the majority of the reported individuals belong to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, adding that the council believes their cases are accidental, rather than forced, disappearances.
 
Human rights activists have become increasingly critical of alleged warrantless arrests and disappearance of activists over the past two years since the election of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in 2014.
 
Al-Sisi’s crackdown on opposition activists reached Muslim Brotherhood loyalists as well as liberals.
 
Freedom for the Brave, an independent group offering support to political detainees, reported 164 cases of forced disappearance between April and June 2015, numbers that were backed by the National Council for Human Rights.
 
 
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm