Human rights lawyer Hoda Abdul Moenem Aziz arbitrarily detained amidst wave of arrests in Egypt

Human rights lawyer Hoda Abdul Moenem Aziz arbitrarily detained amidst wave of arrests in Egypt

Human rights lawyer Hoda Abdul Moenem Aziz was abducted by state security forces at her house in Cairo on November 1, 2018. On November 21, she reappeared at the office of the state security prosecutor in Cairo, where she was accused of "joining an illegal group" and "inciting harm to the national economy", and placed in pre-trial detention.
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April 3, 2019: Egyptian authorities reply to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances stating that she “was charged in Supreme State Security Court Case No. 1552/2018 and detained in Qanater Women’s Prison.”
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 9, 2019: The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances sends a communication to the Egyptian authorities requesting them to clarify Abdul Moenem’s fate and whereabouts.
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: Disappears following arrest by state security forces in Cairo

On November 1, 2018, at around 1 a.m., state security forces broke into Abdul Moenem’s house in Cairo and arrested her without a warrant, taking her to an unknown location. For 21 days, her fate and whereabouts remained unknown. She reappeared on November 21, 2018, at the office of the state security prosecutor in Cairo, who accused her of "joining an illegal group" and "inciting harm to the national economy", and ordered her pre-trial detention.

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