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1,552 Violations Against Students In Egypt, AFTE Reports

1,552 Violations Against Students In Egypt, AFTE Reports

Al-Azhar University students walk past riot police during a protest conducted by the pro-Muslim Brotherhood student movement,  Students Against the Coup, October 12, 2014. Credit: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters
Al-Azhar University students walk past riot police during a protest conducted by the pro-Muslim Brotherhood student movement, Students Against the Coup, October 12, 2014. Credit: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

An annual report published by the Association for Freedom of Thoughts and Expression (AFTE) on Tuesday reported a total of 1,552 violations against Egyptian students within the last academic year.

The victims of documented violations were a total of 761 students, a majority of who belonged to the activist group Students Against the Coup (SAC).

The report described a number of abuses committed by security forces and university administrations. Almost all of the reported measures have been taken before the accused students appeared before a disciplinary council.

Riot police officers take positions in front of Cairo University plan a protest against former Defence Minister Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after he announced that he will run for presidential elections, March 30, 2014. Credit: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters
Riot police officers take positions in front of Cairo University plan a protest against former Defence Minister Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after he announced that he will run for presidential elections, March 30, 2014. Credit: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Dispersing political protests, detention of students and cancelling political events or activities on university campuses are merely some of the listed violations included in AFTE’s report.

Other reported abuses included occurrences of physical assault, as well as the killing of three university students on campus.

The report also stated that 286 students have been expelled within the past academic year by university administrations.

Furthermore, faculty members and researchers have also been subjected to intervention by university administrations and the Ministry of Higher Education which naturally tampered with and hindered their work.

Such instances of abuse against academics included the denial of al-Azhar University administration a researcher his doctoral degree after he labeled the events of June 30 as a military coup.

Student protesters gather outside the main gate of Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 before marching to Tahrir square. Credit: AP/Mohammed Asad
Student protesters gather outside the main gate of Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 before marching to Tahrir square. Credit: AP/Mohammed Asad

Among the hundreds of recorded violations, some incidents have also been the focus of media attention, such as the case with Mahmoud Mohamed Hussein’s story.

Hussein, 19, has been held in jail for the past 580 days for attending university wearing a T-shirt that reads “Nation Without Torture”.

His brother, Tarek, told MENAFN News that Hussein’s trial has been postponed 24 times since his essential arrest and described the delay as “unconstitutional.”

Nicholas Piachaud, Amnesty International’s researcher on Egypt, told The Independent that: “the authorities have ruthlessly settled the score with the youth that challenged them in January 2011. Now they are making sure that no new generation rises in their place.”

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