Egyptian activist Mohamed Abu Horira disappeared for 21 days amidst wave of arrests of human rights defenders

Egyptian activist Mohamed Abu Horira disappeared for 21 days amidst wave of arrests of human rights defenders

Human rights activist Mohamed Abu Horira was abducted by state security forces at his house in Cairo on October 31, 2018. On November 21, he reappeared at the office of the state security prosecutor in Cairo, where he was accused of "joining an illegal group" and "inciting harm to the national economy", and placed in pre-trial detention.
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November 24, 2018: State security prosecutor orders pre-trial detention
November 21, 2018: Reappears at the office of the state security prosecutor in Cairo
November 7, 2018: MENA Rights Group requests intervention of UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
November 6, 2018: MENA Rights Group requests intervention of UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances
November 1, 2018: Arrested by state security forces in Cairo and disappears

On October 31, 2018 at around 11 p.m., state security forces broke into and raided Mohamed Abu Horira’s house in Cairo. They arrested him without a warrant and took him to an unknown location. At the same time, the officers arrested his wife, Aisha Mohamed Khairat Saad Al Shater. For 21 days, Horira’s fate and whereabouts remained unknown. He reappeared on November 21, 2018, at the office of the state security prosecutor in Cairo, who accused him of "joining an illegal group" and "inciting harm to the national economy", and ordered his pre-trial detention.

Mohamed Abu Horira’s arrest took place amidst a wave of arrests occurring in late October 2018, which targeted at least 40 human rights lawyers and activists.