19 February 2013

Egypt: Rights Group Calls for Immediate Release of Detained Children

press release

Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses worry for arresting 15 children during the protest of Tanta on Friday, February 15, 2013. The children were sent to Kator Central Prison, including criminals of all kinds. EOHR received complaints from 14 of the children families. The families stated that the children were arrested after the protest while getting back home. The children came under torture in Markaz Tanta, before being referred to the prosecution office. The children were accused of attacking security troops and damaging public and private properties.

In this regard, EOHR calls for immediate release of the detained children and protection of their rights as children. EOHR also stresses on the right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. in the meantime, EOHR stresses on the importance of protesters' awareness in connection with peaceful protest without causing harm to others.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, emphasized on the right of the Egyptians to freedom of expression according to the international standards for human rights. Freedom of expression and peaceful assembly were the most significant earnings of the 25th of January Revolution, he added. He also stressed on protection of teenagers and keeping them in special places suitable to their age, not the prisons of the grown-ups.

  1. Yazen Salah Helmy, 17
  2. Masoud Abasiry Mohamed Ahmed, 17
  3. Ahmed Ramadan Ahmed Morsi,13
  4. Sherif Ali Mohamed, 14
  5. Abdel Hamed Ahmed Abdel Hamed, 19
  6. Abdollah Ibrahim Ramadan, 19
  7. Ahmed Samir Abdel Salam, 16
  8. Thabit Fikry Khalil, Less than 20 years old
  9. Ahmed Ali Mohamed Ismail, Less than 20 years old
  10. Mohamed Ali Hashim, Less than 20 years old
  11. Mostafa Sami Abdel Ghani, Less than 20 years old
  12. Abdollah Mohamed Shebl, Less than 20 years old
  13. Mohamed Reda Ragab, Less than 20 years old
  14. Ahmed Ali Abdollah Al Sifi Less than 20 years old

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