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After complaints by Committee for Justice, UN pressures Egypt to reveal fate of forcibly disappeared citizens 

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News briefing 

Translated and edited by: Committee for Justice 

Geneva: 14 March 2022 

The UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances expressed its hope that appropriate investigations would be conducted to clarify the fate and whereabouts of the Egyptian citizen, Omar Adel Abdel Fattah Mohamed Abdel Salam.

The UN team indicated that it had sent a letter to the Egyptian authorities requesting information about the situation of Omar and others, whose cases had been raised by CFJ last month, in its meeting with the team within the framework of the review session no. 126, which was held between 7-11 February 2022.

The team also confirmed in a letter to CFJ that it also looked into the cases of Ahmed Khalil Abdel Moneim Mabrouk and Ahmed Gamal El Din Mohamed Taher, and referred the complaint submitted by CFJ to the Egyptian authorities to respond to it, and conduct an appropriate investigation into their disappearance as well.

As for the cases of Momen Ali, Abdel Azim Fouda, Jaafar Abdel Gawad, Ahmed Ibrahim Ibrahim Saeed, and Mohamed Ahmed Abdel Majid Mohamed, the UN team stated that it communicated with the authorities in Egypt about them, and the government responded. However, the information provided was not considered sufficient to determine the fate or whereabouts of the aforementioned persons, noting that these cases will remain under investigation and consideration.

Regarding the case of Moataz Sobeih, the UN Working Group stated that it had received a response from Egypt about it, and called on CFJ to submit any comments or inquiries regarding specific elements of the case that the Egyptian authorities are required to clarify.

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