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Amnesty International: Hundreds forcibly disappeared in Egypt crackdown

13 July 2016
Amnesty International: Hundreds forcibly disappeared in Egypt crackdown

Egypt's security services had forcibly made hundreds of people disappear and tortured them in the past year to try to tackle dissent, Amnesty International said on 13 July.

Students, political activists and protesters — some as young as 14 — have vanished without a trace, according to a new report by Amnesty International. Many are alleged to have been held for months and often kept blindfolded and handcuffed for the entire period.

Egypt's government has denied it uses enforced disappearances and torture. Interior Minister Magdy Abdul Ghaffar has insisted the security services operate within a framework established by Egyptian law.

According to the BBC, in Egypt, more than 1,000 people have been killed and 40,000 are believed to have been jailed since 2013.

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