The Egyptian authorities continue to forcibly arrest anyone who challenges the regime. Acting with complete impunity, they are almost always in contradiction with the principles of international and domestic law to which Egypt is party. The security services not only carry out multiple arbitrary arrests, but expose detainees to torture in an effort to extract false confessions to be used as evidence in unfair trials. The most recent victims of arbitrary detention are two brothers, Zakaria Mohamed Hamid Hassan Ibrahim, 22, and Dia' Eddine Mohamed Hamid Hassan Ibrahim, 26.
Alkarama submitted to the UN special procedures the cases of the extrajudicial killings of Farouk Mohamed Mahmoud Al-Sayed (فاروق محمد محمود السيد) and Hassan Abdel Razak Shandi (حمسن عبد الرزاق شندي ). The Egyptian authorities are held responsible. Alkarama recently published their cases as an urgent update in late September 2009.
Forces from General Intelligence Directorate arrested Ma'an Aqil from his office at Al-Thawra newspaper in Damascus on 22 November 2009. He was originally arrested in 1987 for his political beliefs and spent nine years in prison.
Alkarama has just received an update regarding Nasser Al-Hajri, who is presently detained inside Dammam's Intelligence Services detention center. Reports state that his state of health is currently deteriorating due to medical negligence and ill-treatment. He suffers from a dangerous brain tumor, which according to an medical examination five months ago, requires an urgent operation due to its gravity. As is now routine in Saudi Arabia, the authorities have ignored medical advice and he remains untreated.