Egyptian film collective, Moisreen, released a video on February 2, 2013 describing the disappearance of multiple young men picked up by Egypt’s Central Security Forces during protests marking the second anniversary of the January 25 revolution.
According to researchers and activists working with Mosireen, these young men, all in their teens, have been held by the state in inhumane conditions.
Mohamed El Gendy was repotedly one such victim of the detention and torture that has continued unabated since Mubarak’s fall. An activist and member of the Egyptian Popular Current, El Gendy was hospitalized in a coma after being detained and beaten by central security officials. Gendy subcumbed to his injures and passed away in early February of this year. The cause of death remains officially “disputed,” however, with a government autopsy claiming Gendy died after being hit by an automobile.
The video below contains interviews with detainee family members, who have been unable to obtain any information about the men’s locations or situations.
In this video, one father begs for government officials to share information about his son’s whereabouts. A mother asks simply to know whether her son is alive or dead. These people, like so many before them, have visited police stations, hospitals, and courts across Cairo to try and obtain information about their children, without success.
That security forces continue to act with impunity is but one indication of President Mohamed Morsi’s failure as a leader. Nevertheless, together with Egyptian media coverage, the activism that collectives like Moisreen, and civil society groups, like the Nadeem Center, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, and the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, are doing to track cases of detention, abuse, and torture is a marked and important change from the Mubarak era. Still, the blatant use of torture and the failure to deliver justice to victims’ families must be remedied. As long as his administrations fails to remedy these violations, Morsi will be personally responsible for the consequences of these abuses. Sooner rather than later, Egypt’s dedicated activists will make him pay the political price for this negligence.