UA: 190/18 Index: MDE 12/9365/2018 Egypt Date: 8 November 2018
LAWYER DETAINED IN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION
Human rights lawyer, Hoda Abdelmoniem, was arrested on 1 November 2018. State
Security forces broke into her apartment and took her to an undisclosed location.
On 1 November 2018, State Security forces broke into the house of Hoda Abdelmoniem in Cairo at 1:30 am,
ransacked it, and took her blindfolded to her mother’s house. While the Security forces searched her mother’s
house, she was left blindfolded in a police vehicle. Hoda was then forcibly taken to an unknown destination. Hoda’s
daughter witnessed her arrest.
The officers confirmed to Hoda’s daughter that they belong to the State Security forces. However, they did not
show an arrest warrant, and refused to tell her daughter about the reason of the arrest or the destination where she
was being taken. Hoda was not allowed to take any medicines or personal belongings with her. She has a blood
clot in her leg and high blood pressure, resulting in repeated instances of imbalance. Hoda’s lawyers have been
asking about her fate and whereabouts in different police stations but have not been unable to locate her. The
authorities denied the fact that Hoda has been arrested and said that they do not know her whereabouts. Amnesty
International believes that Hoda Abdelmoniem has been forcibly disappeared.
Hoda Abdelmoniem is a 60-year-old human rights lawyer who volunteers as a consultant for the Egyptian
Coordination for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), a prominent human rights organization. In the last five years, Hoda
has been documenting human rights violations, including cases of enforced disappearances. She is also a lawyer
at the Egyptian Cassation and Supreme Constitutional Courts, as well as a former member of the National Council
for Human Rights and of the Egyptian Bar Association. Amnesty International believes that Hoda’s activism, as well
as her being a member of the defence team in several human rights cases, are the reasons behind her arrest.
The arrest of Hoda Abdelmoniem falls within a new wave of arrests that started on 1 November, targeting
prominent human rights activists and lawyers, such as Mohamed Abu Horaira, ECRF’s former spokesmen.
Please write immediately in English, Arabic or your own language:
Urging the Egyptian authorities to release Hoda Abdelmoniem immediately and unconditionally;
Calling on them to immediately reveal her fate and whereabouts;
Calling on them to ensure that Hoda Abdelmoniem has adequate and regular access to qualified health
professionals and to prescribed medication, in compliance with medical ethics, including the principles of
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 20 DECEMBER 2018:
Office of the Public Prosecutor, Dar al-
Qada al-Ali, Down Town
Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt
Fax: +202 2577 4716
Salutation: Dear Counsellor
Minister of Interior
Ministry of the Interior
25 El Sheikh Rihan Street
Bab al-Louk, Cairo, Egypt
Fax: +202 2794 5529
Email: [email protected] or
Salutation: Dear Minister
And copies to:
Deputy Assistant Minister of Foreign
Ahmed Ihab Gamal-Eldin
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Corniche el-Nile, Cairo, Egypt.
Fax: +202 2574 9713
Email: [email protected]
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