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Son of Morsi advisor forcibly disappeared for 83 days

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Son of Morsi advisor forcibly disappeared for 83 days

 

11/01/2015

Mosaab Abd el Aziz, son of Ahmed Abd el Aziz, a member of President Mohamed Morsi’s presidential staff, has been forcibly disappeared for 83 days and his location remains unknown.

Mosaab, a 26-year-old engineer and executive manager of a company specialising in app development, was kidnapped on October 21, 2014 by the UAE security forces after being called to the Preventative Security Headquarters in Sharjah.

His father, Ahmed chose to speak out against his son’s kidnapping after exhausting all diplomatic channels and being met with stalling, procrastination, and finally bargaining. According to him, the UAE authorities have kidnapped Mosaab to use him as a bargaining chip and prevent Ahmed from resisting the coup authority in Egypt.

Mosaab’s father released a statement saying that Mosaab had no political affiliations or interests and that his only crime was being the son of President Morsi’s advisor. Mosaab did not commit any crimes or criticise the UAE and no charges were directed at him.

After contacting the UAE consulate in Istanbul, Mosaab’s father said it became apparent that his son was kidnapped and kept hostage by the Emirati authorities in an attempt on the UAE’s part to persuade Mosaab’s father to stop speaking out against the Egyptian government and military coup.

Ahmed Abd el Aziz also noted in his statement that he holds the UAE fully responsible for Mosaab’s psychological and physical safety and that Mosaab should receive compensation for the emotional and financial damages sustained during his forced disappearance. There are also fear that he is being subject to abuses, violations, and torture.

It is worth noting that Mosaab is not the first Egyptian kidnapped by the Emirati authorities, as dozens of Egyptians and Arabs have been kidnapped and forcibly disappeared in the UAE over the past two years.

The Emirates Centre for Human Rights believes that Mosaab’s disappearance is just another example of the UAE authorities’ methods and acts to silence those speaking out against the government and its allies. Enforced disappearances are considered violations of several human rights, including the right to security and dignity, the right not to be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the right to humane conditions of detention, the right to legal council and a fair trial.

Both the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the UN International Convention for the Protection of All Persons consider enforced disappearances as crimes against humanity and therefore it is not subject to a statute of limitations.

The ECHR demands that the UAE authorities:

1.    Immediately and unconditionally release Mosaab Ahmed Abd el Aziz.

2.    Stop all enforced disappearances as well as other violations committed by the Emirati authorities.

3.    Release all prisoners of conscience detained in the UAE.

4.    Investigate the kidnapping of Mosaab and hold all those involved accountable.

For further information please contact Lara Adam on +44(0) 7473773136 or at campaigns@echr.org.uk.

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