NCHR says didn't receive any complaints regarding Ayman Hadhoud before his death announcement

Ahram Online , Friday 15 Apr 2022

The National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) did not receive any complaints related to the late Ayman Hadhoud before the announcement of his death a few days ago, according to a statement released on Friday by Walaa Gad El-Kareem, the head of the Complaints and Monitoring Committee at the council.

Walaa Gad El-Kareem, Head of the Complaints and Monitoring Committee of NCHR.


"And none of Hadhoud's relatives submitted a complaint to the council's complaints office indicating that he had been subjected to forced disappearance," the statement added.

El-Kareem called on any victims of human rights violations or their families and representatives wishing to communicate with the NCHR to use the institutional channels that guarantee the registration of their complaints, preserve their rights and ensure their protection.

He also called on the organisations that have issued a joint statement regarding Hadhoud's death to investigate and review the accuracy and the veracity of the allegations made in the case.

The death of Hadhoud, a 48-year-old well-known economic researcher, has stirred controversy amid allegations that he was the victim of "forced disappearance," with his family saying it was notified about his death on 9 April – more than one month after he died.

On Monday, Egypt's Public Prosecution, in its first statement on the case, said it has ordered an autopsy on Hadhoud’s body to determine the cause of death and if there are any indications of foul play, stressing it conducts investigations "with full transparency" and announces results when appropriate in a way that does not affect inquiries.

Hadhoud died on 5 March at the Abbasiya Psychiatric Hospital after suffering from a severe drop in blood pressure and a cardiac arrest and its examination of the body found no visible signs of injuries, the prosecution said in its statement on Monday.

The preliminary examinations of the body of Hadhoud that had been conducted by the health ministry’s inspector and the police in March showed no indications that there was "criminal suspicion" behind his death, the prosecution said.

The prosecution added that Hadhoud was arrested on 6 February after he was reported by a building guard in Zamalek, Cairo, for attempting to break into an apartment, adding that Hadhoud displayed "erratic" behaviour at the time of his arrest.

The prosecution said that it attempted to question Hadhoud, but his speech was “incomprehensible,” prompting it to refer him to a psychiatric hospital.

El-Kareem stressed that the NCHR was proactive in calling for a comprehensive investigation into the death of Hadhoud and in asking the Public Prosecution to investigate what was reported about his "forced disappearance" before his death.

On Monday, the President of the NCHR Moushira Kattab said in a statement that the ongoing investigation by the Public Prosecution into the death of Hadhoud must cover “all concerns” about the “alleged forced disappearance of the deceased." 

El-Kareem said that since its recomposition in December 2021, the NCHR has introduced fundamental reforms to the complaints system with the aim of ensuring its consistency with best practices for dealing with complaints of human rights violations.

Anyone can submit complaints at Giza office headquarters, remotely through the electronic complaints program, or through postal correspondence that meets the minimum required information, he said.

The complaints are recorded in a unified database and communicated to the concerned authorities in an official, institutional and transparent manner, El-Kareem added.

All complaints received by the council through the aforementioned channels have been reviewed, and none have been received from Hadhoud’s family, El-Kareem noted.

“The council’s agenda pays special attention to issues of civil and political rights, public freedoms and the reform of penal systems,” El-Kareem stressed, calling on any victims of human rights violations or their families and representatives to communicate with the council promptly.

He also announced in the statement that the NCHR is preparing to publish a fact sheet to allow the public to easily access the council's complaints system.

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