An Egyptian advocacy group announced Monday that 163 people across the country had “disappeared or been detained without questioning” since April.
According to the Freedom for the Brave group, whose proclaimed mission is to instigate the release of people who were unjustly detained, there are 66 cases of “continuing forced disappearance,” meaning persons whose whereabouts are still unknown yet the place and time of their disappearance is known.
There are also 31 cases of “forced disappearance without follow-up,” meaning instances of forced disappearance of individuls from a certain place at a certain time, yet the group hasn't directly followed up or communicated with their relatives or acquaintances.
The grassroots group also lists 64 cases of “ended forced disappearance,” meaning disappeared persons have been confirmed to have reappeared later.
The group lists two cases of “forced disappearance and death,” which means dead bodies of persons who had disappeared were discovered.
The group said it is continually updating its databases.
News and photos of people, including activists, who have allegedly disappeared suddenly, have been actively circulating on social media platforms in Egypt in recent days. Some political parties and NGOs have expressed their concern.
Ahram Online couldn't reach an interior ministry spokesperson for comment.
However, the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) is expected to hold a hearing session on Tuesday for the families of those who have reportedly disappeared in order to document their testimonies.