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Egyptians left in dark about secret abduction cases

Secret abduction has been on the rise in Egypt since the June 30 Revolution, and families of the abducted are unable to find any information about their relatives.
Lawyers shout slogans against the Interior Ministry during a protest at the high court headquarters in Cairo, March 1, 2015, after the death of lawyer Karim Hamdy in the Police Department last week. Two Egyptian policemen accused of killing a lawyer in custody were detained on Thursday on the orders of an Egyptian prosecutor, judicial sources said, a rare action against members of the security forces. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR4RMKN

CAIRO — Since May, the hashtag #Al-Ikhtifa_al-Qasri_Garima (#Forced_Disappearance_Is_A_Crime) has been filling social media pages, and blogs are documenting forced disappearance and arrests of young adults as part of security campaigns that started in May in Cairo and in other governorates. Over three months have passed without knowing the detention place or details about the victims.

Although the Egyptian police deny any arrest campaign, activists say the arrests are a bid to prevent protests and generally occur before important events, such as the anniversary of the June 30 Revolution or the inauguration of the new Suez Canal.

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