旅居埃及法國人遭單獨拘禁,恐遭酷刑

旅居埃及法國人遭單獨拘禁,恐遭酷刑

個案編號:149/09
聲援對象:Romuald Durand,男,35歲
聲援期間:2009年6月25日至7月24日(逾期請洽秘書處)

住在埃及超過3年的法國人Romuald Durand於4月21日遭逮捕 ,並被單獨監禁迄今。據信,他被關押在國家安全調查局(State Security Investigations, SSI),但下落不明。被國安局拘留的人往往有遭受酷刑的危險,特別是被單獨關押在秘密地點時。

Romuald Durand於回法國探望母親的回程中,在開羅國際機場被捕。他得以傳簡訊告訴家人被捕之事,這是他們最後一次收到他的音訊。埃及當局起先否認逮捕他,幾天後,當局告訴法國領事館他被關了。他的家人與法國領事館皆無法與他接觸,埃及當局也不透露他的下落以及被捕的原因,只證實他被拘留在埃及。

Romuald Durand為了學阿拉伯語搬到埃及,和妻子及兩個小孩住在開羅,他的簽證要到2009年11月才會到期。

5月底以來,埃及當局逮捕了數名外國人,表面上是執行簽證管制。6月初宣布,將驅逐出境數個外國人。稍早幾天,埃及當局宣布逮捕與2009年2月開羅al-Hussein清真寺爆炸案有關的7個人,包括2名英國人與1名黎巴嫩裔的法國女人。

請儘速寄出信件,表達下列訴求:

  • 敦促當局立即透露Romuald Durand的下落,准許他會見自己選擇的律師、法國領事館人員與他的家人,並獲得任何所需的醫療照顧。
  • 敦促當局確保他不會受到酷刑或其他虐待。
  • 敦促當局應立即無條件釋放Romuald Durand,除非將他控以明確的罪名,並以符合公平審判的國際標準讓他接受審判。

信件請寄:

內政部長
Minister Habib Ibrahim El Adly
Ministry of the Interior
Habib Ibrahim El Adly
25 Al-Sheikh Rihan Street
Bab al-Louk
Cairo,
Egypt
傳真:+20 22 796 0682
Email: moi@idsc.gov.eg
稱謂:部長鈞鑒
   
總檢察長
Prosecutor General
Counsellor Abd El-Megeed Mahmoud
Dar al-Qadha al-'Ali
Ramses Street,
Cairo,
EGYPT
傳真:+20 22 577 4716
稱謂:總檢察長鈞鑒
   
副本請寄:
   
外交人權事務部副部長
Deputy Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Human Rights
Wael Abu al-Magd
Corniche al-Nil
Human Rights and International Humanitarian and Social Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Cairo
EGYPT
傳真:+20 22 574 9713
稱謂:副部長鈞鑒

PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 12/024/2009 12 June 2009
UA 149/09 Incommunicado detention/fear of torture
EGYPT Romuald Roger Durand Sébastien (m), aged 35French national Romuald Durand, who has lived in Egypt for at least three years, was arrested on 21 April, and has been held incommunicado since then. He is believed to be in the custody of State Security Investigations (SSI) services, but his whereabouts are unknown. Detainees held by the SSI are at risk of torture, especially when they are held incommunicado and at undisclosed locations.

Romuald Durand was arrested at Cairo International Airport, after he returned from visiting his mother in France. He was able to text his family to inform them he had been arrested, but this was the last they heard from him. The Egyptian authorities initially denied holding him. A few days later, they acknowledged to the French consulate that he was in custody. Neither his family nor the French consulate have had access to him and the authorities have not disclosed where he is or why they arrested him; they have only confirmed that he is being held in Egypt.

Romuald Durand moved to Egypt to learn Arabic, and lives in Cairo with his wife and two young children. His visa does not expire until November 2009.

The authorities have arrested a number of foreign nationals since late May, ostensibly as part of an operation to enforce visa regulations. In early June, it was announced that several foreign nationals would be deported. A few days earlier, the Egyptian authorities announced that they had arrested seven people in connection with al-Hussine bombing, Cairo, in February 2009, including two Britons and a French woman of Lebanese origin.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in English, Arabic or your own language:

  • urging the authorities to disclose Romuald Durand’s whereabouts immediately, and give him access to lawyers of his choice, consular services, his family and any medical attention he may require;
  • urging the authorities to ensure that he is not tortured or otherwise ill-treated;
  • urging the authorities to release Romuald Durand immediately and unconditionally, unless he is promptly charged with a recognizably criminal offence and brought to trial in fair proceedings in line with international standards for fair trial.

APPEALS TO:

Minster of Interior
Minister Habib Ibrahim El Adly
Ministry of the Interior
25 Al-Sheikh Rihan Street, Bab al-Louk,
Cairo,
Egypt
Fax: +20 22 796 0682
Email: moi@idsc.gov.eg
Salutation: Dear Minister
   
Prosecutor General
Counsellor Abd El-Megeed Mahmoud
Dar al-Qadha al-'Ali
Ramses Street,
Cairo,
EGYPT
Fax: +20 22 577 4716
Salutation: Dear Counsellor
   
COPIES TO:
   
Deputy Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Human Rights
Wael Abu al-Magd
Human Rights and International Humanitarian and Social Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Corniche al-Nil
Cairo
EGYPT
Fax: +20 22 574 9713
Salutation: Dear Deputy Assistant Minister
   
and to diplomatic representatives of Egypt accredited to your country.
   
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY.
Check with the International Secretariat, or your section office, if sending appeals after 24 July 2009.
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