Human rights lawyer Hoda Abdel Moneim Aziz arbitrarily detained since 2018

Human rights lawyer Hoda Abdel Moneim Aziz arbitrarily detained since 2018

Human rights lawyer Hoda Abdel Moneim 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. Abdel Moneim is held in Al Qanater Female Prison since January 2019 and is deprived of visits by her relatives and her lawyer.

On November 1, 2018, at around 1 a.m., state security forces broke into Abdel Moneim’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.

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

Since January 2019, Abdel Moneim has been detained in Al Qanater Female Prison. She has been deprived of visits by her relatives and her lawyer. Moreover, her pre-existing health problems have become significantly worse, due to the denial of necessary regular medication. In January 2020, she suffered a suspected heart attack in prison. The treatment she received was inadequate and her transfer to the hospital delayed.

On March 17, 2021, in light of the severe risk COVID-19 poses for Abdel Moneim’s health, MENA Rights Group and six other organisations requested the intervention of the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders and the UN Special Rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights to urge the Egyptian authorities to immediately release her.

Timeline

March 17, 2021: In a joint letter, MENA Rights Group and six other organisations call on the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders and the UN Special Rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights to urge the Egyptian authorities to immediately release Abdel Moneim in the light of the grave risk COVID-19 poses to her health.
January 2020: Abdel Moneim suffers a suspected heart attack in prison. She receives inadequate treatment and her transfer to the hospital is delayed. Already prior to her arrest, she suffered from health conditions that require regular medication, which she is not provided with in prison. Her health has accordingly severely deteriorated.
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.”

Abdul Moneim is held in Al Qanater Female Prison since January 2019 and is deprived of visits by her relatives and her lawyer.
November 24, 2018: State Security prosecutor orders pre-trial detention.

November 21, 2018: Abdel Moneim 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 Abdel Moneim’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

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