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Egyptian security forces have arrested the human rights defender Ahmed Amasha and forcibly disappeared him for seven days.
In a Facebook post his son Muhammad announced his arrest on 18 June and said that his family had no idea where he was.
His daughter-in-law took to social media to say he was actively engaged in human rights and environmental issues and had been working in the vet union.
Amasha, a vet, was part of an international campaign urging Egyptian authorities to close Scorpion Prison, one of Egypt’s notorious detention centres where detainees are systematically tortured.
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He also co-founded the League for the Families of the Disappeared which provides legal support to families of the forcibly disappeared and organises media campaigns for the victims.
Amasha is also a member of the opposition movement kefaya.
The 57-year-old had already been arrested in March 2017 and forcibly disappeared for 21 days before appearing in front of the state security prosecution on 1 April the same year.
He was charged with joining an illegal group and was held under pre-trial detention until his release.
At the time he made a speech in court saying he
3 December, 2021
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