The names and faces of the 21 women killed in Egypt’s Rabaa

The names and faces of women killed in Egypt's Rabaa 2013

On 14 August 2013, Egyptian forces stormed the Rabaa Square killing many women who had gathered to protest against the ouster of Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi

Six years ago today Egyptian security forces stormed the Rabaa Square sit-in where thousands had gathered to protest against the ouster of Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi.

Over 1,000 people were killed that day, including 21 women. The international rights organisation We Record has documented these women’s names.

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Under previous regimes women were a red line which no president crossed, but under the military general turned ruler Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi 2,761 women have been tortured and degraded.

Who were the women killed?

  1. Hind Hisham Kamal, 20

Injured after security forces stormed the field hospital at Rabaa Square, Hind was rushed to hospital to have two bullets removed; one from her kidney and the other from her spleen. Doctors said the bullets used had fragmented and lodged in her lung forcing them to put her on a ventilator. Shrapnel from the bullets had also struck her lower spine paralysing her. She later died in hospital.

Hind Hisham Kamal, a 20-year-old Egyptian women who was killed by Egyptian forces at the Rabaa Square sit-in in Cairo, Egypt on 14 August 2013

          2. Suaad Hassan Ramzi

          3. Habiba Ahmed Abdelaziz Ramadan, 26

A reporter for the Dubai-based Xpress newspaper, Habiba was shot by a sniper at the protests. She had arrived in Egypt two weeks earlier to film the sit-in. At 7.33am Habiba sent a text message to her mum to say she was leaving the centre of the square to get to the front lines. It would be the last time her family heard from her.

Habiba Ahmed Abdelaziz Ramadan was killed by Egyptian forces at the Rabaa Square sit-in in Cairo, Egypt on 14 August 2013

           4. Engy Mohamed Tag El-Din

           5. Asmaa Hisham Sakr, 32

  Killed after a bullet penetrated a wall and hit her in the head.

Asmaa Hisham Sak was killed by Egyptian forces at the Rabaa Square sit-in in Cairo, Egypt on 14 August 2013

              6.  Warda Mostafa Mohamed Bayoumi

              7.  Rosan Mohammad Ali

              8. Maryam Mohamed Ali Abdel Aal

Maryam Mohamed Ali Abdel Aal was killed by Egyptian forces at the Rabaa Square sit-in in Cairo, Egypt on 14 August 2013

                  9. Sanaa Hamdi Abdel Aziz 

                 10. Mervat Sayed Ali

                 11. Asmaa Beltagi, 17

Shot by a sniper in the square. Beltagi has became a symbol of resistance and is celebrated for her role in rejecting repression and the deprivation of liberty.

Asmaa Beltagi, a 17-year-old Egyptian teen was killed by Egyptian forces at the Rabaa Square sit-in in Cairo, Egypt on 14 August 2013

               12. Siham Abdullah Mohamed Metwally

               13. Sawsan Saad Hassan Ali

               14. Nadia Salem Ali Razek

               15. Heba Mohamed Fekry

Video footage circulating after the massacre showed Heba’s 11-year-old son crying over her corpse at Rabaa calling for her to get up. “Wake up mum… mum.. Wake up please,” he is heard saying.

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              16. Noha Ahmed Abdel Moaty Ahmed

              17. Eman Mahmoud Al-Husseini

              18. Haiam Abdu Ibrahim, 43

A mother of five and former teacher, Haiam was shot in the head at Rabaa Square and died immediately.

Haiam Abdu Ibrahim was killed by Egyptian forces at the Rabaa Square sit-in in Cairo, Egypt on 14 August 2013

           19. Huda Ahmed Saeed

           20. Huda Faraj Saeed Abdullah

           21. Suzan Mohammad Ali

READ: Husband and son in prison. Daughter shot in Rabaa. Asmaa Beltagi’s mum speaks on the massacre

(Source / 14.08.2019) 

Egypt: Hazem Abu Ismail goes into coma in detention

Egyptian Salafi politician, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail [Facebook]

Egyptian Salafi politician, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail 

Egyptian Salafi politician, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, has gone into a coma in detention after allegedly being attacked by jailers, the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Freedom and Justice Party announced yesterday.

Quoting rights sources, the Islamist party said that Abu Ismail’s medical condition was resulting from being “attacked and assaulted by jailers” in Egypt’s notorious Scorpio prison located in the capital city of Cairo.

Abu Ismail’s incident, the political party pointed out, had come amid a campaign that has seen thousands of prisoners, including Abu Ismail, entering an open hunger strike to demand the disclosure of the circumstances of the recent death of the country’s former president Mohamed Morsi.

Morsi, the first democratically elected president, died last week after falling into a coma inside his soundproof glass cage during his trial on “espionage” charges.

Read: Egypt, UAE send military support to Libya’s Haftar

Egypt’s Court of Cassation last month upheld a five-year imprisonment sentence against Abu Ismail and five others for “inciting and sieging Cairo’s Nasr City court on 19 December 2012.” The Court was reported to have rejected a number of appeals recently submitted by Abu Ismail’s lawyer.

The case dates back to when Abu Ismail’s supporters demonstrated in the vicinity of the Nasr City court in 2012, demanding the release of one of the supporters, who was convicted of “possessing unlicensed an automatic firearm.”

The defendants were referred to Cairo’s criminal court afterwards.

This is the third verdict against Abu Ismail, after the same court upheld two previous sentences of seven-year imprisonment for “forgery of his mother’s nationality” in April 2015, as well as another one-year in prison for “insulting the judiciary in December 2014.”

Abu Ismail was arrested after the Morsi’s overthrow in July 2013.

(Source / 24.06.2019) 

BREAKING: Former President Morsi Dies During Trial

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Former President Mohamed Morsi died on Monday in court after the conclusion of a trial session in the espionage lawsuit.

According to Egyptian State Television, Morsi suffered a heart attack following the court hearing and his body has been transferred to a hospital in preparation for burial arrangements.

Morsi, aged 67, died after a court session in his espionage trial ended.

The ousted Morsi asked to speak at the session, and the judge gave him permission.

He then reportedly fainted in court and was later pronounced dead.

Morsi was elected in democratic elections in 2012 after the 2011 revolution ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak. He was overthrown in a coup by the Egyptian military, who installed current President Abdel Al-Sisi as the leader.

(Source / 17.06.2019) 

Egypt’s former president Mohamed Morsi dies: state media

State TV reports Egypt’s first democratically elected president fainted during court session and died afterwards

State TV said former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi collapsed during his court session and died

State TV said former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi collapsed during his court session and died

Egypt‘s former President Mohamed Morsi has died after appearing in court in Cairo, according to state media.

The 67-year-old died after fainting during the court session in the Egyptian capital on Monday, state TV reported.

“He was speaking before the judge for 20 minutes then became very animated and fainted. He was quickly rushed to the hospital where he later died,” a judicial source said.

Morsi became Egypt’s first democratically elected president in 2012, one year after the Arab Spring uprising saw the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.

(Read the complete article / 17.06.2019) 

Newspaper: Egyptian regime tortures Morsi to intimidate opposition

Since Morsi’s overthrow, Egyptian authorities have launched a relentless crackdown on dissent, killing hundreds of his supporters and sending thousands behind bars for inciting violence

Spanish newspaper El País has published a report on former Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi. He is “being avenged by the current Egyptian regime, tortured in prison and used as an example to intimidate the opposition.”

In its report translated by Arab21, the newspaper said Morsi is living in harsh conditions in prison. He does not have a mattress in his cell, forced to sleep on the cold floor. Besides his isolation from the world, Morsi has been prevented from reading books and even newspapers. Under these conditions, the former president cannot meet his relatives or even other prisoners.

Besides these sanctions, Morsi is also prevented from receiving a doctor’s visit or the treatment for his chronic diseases. Many organisations have described Morsi’s situation as a “severe and harsh assault” and is a form of “torture”.

The newspaper quoted the former president’s younger son, Abdullah Morsi: “the family of the former president has only visited him twice since his imprisonment and the visits lasted only half an hour.” He added that “Morsi’s psychological condition was normal during the last visit (in 2017)… but, his physical condition was not well, and he has lost a lot of weight.”

READ: Egypt postpones Morsi’s trial

The newspaper explained that Morsi is imprisoned in the branch of Scorpion Prison, within Tora Prison, which is known for its abuses against political prisoners. There are other Muslim Brotherhood prisoners in this prison.

Sisi Era - Cartoon [Latuff/MiddleEastMonitor]

According to Egyptian NGOs, including the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, the former president’s health could be at risk if he does not receive treatment for chronic diabetes. At sixty-six, Morsi suffered from rheumatism in his spine after sleeping on the ground for four years.

According to the Director of Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Mohamed Zaree: “preventing a prisoner from receiving medical treatment is torture, as confirmed by international human rights agreements.”

Zaree went on: “The tough conditions in which Morsi and other political prisoners are living are in line with the wish of the Egyptian regime, which wants to intimidate to the opposition”

Morsi’s son, Abdullah, does not hesitate to describe the violations against his father as “revenge.” He stressed that “his father and family will never accept this regime.” According to them, “Morsi is still the country’s legitimate president, and El-Sisi has no legitimacy to rule Egypt,” and they consider him a “coup leader… the Egyptian regime punishes Morsi for upholding his position.”

Abdullah does not know if any negotiations between Morsi and the current regime. Yet, Abdullah said that there were negotiations between the two parties during the first months of Morsi’s imprisonment. He confirmed that “Morsi received an offer from the Egyptian army and an Arab king, who provided a plane to carry him along with his whole family to safe exile for giving up his position.”

(Source / 24.07.2018)

Ousted President Morsi spends sixth consecutive Ramadan in prison

A file photo dated July 4, 2013 shows a female supporter of Mohammed Morsi gesturing as she holds a portrait of him in Rabia Adaweya Square a day after the military coup in Cairo, Egypt. ( Mohammed Elshamy - Anadolu Agency )

A file photo dated July 4, 2013 shows a female supporter of Mohammed Morsi gesturing as she holds a portrait of him in Rabia Adaweya Square a day after the military coup in Cairo, Egypt

The family of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, has released a statement pointing out that this is his sixth Ramadan in prison, Al-Khaleej Online has reported.

The first democratically-elected civilian President of Egypt is being held under a state of “siege and uncertainty” about the nature and conditions of his detention. His actual fate is unknown to his family. He has been in prison since his military overthrow in summer 2013.

Morsi’s family issued the statement on Thursday, and made specific mention of the former President’s health situation, as well as that of his son Osama, who is spending his second Ramadan in solitary confinement.

Both men are being held in the notorious Tora Prison to the south of Cairo.

Military coup that ousted Mohamed Morsi in Egypt- Cartoon [Latuff/MiddleEastMonitor]

(Source / 19.05.2018)

Egypt places Morsi and 1,529 others on ‘terror list’

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood in jail in Cairo, Egypt [file photo]

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood in jail in Cairo, Egypt

The Cairo Criminal Court has reordered the names of former President, Mohamed Morsi, and 1,529 other Muslim Brotherhood members to be placed on the state “terror list” for another five years, the official state Gazette reported on Monday.

A legal source who preferred not to be named said the court’s decision is based on a new law issued by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi earlier this month which allows transferring the Muslim Brotherhood funds to the state treasury and not only to freeze them.

According to the source, the court’s decision was issued “in anticipation of a final decision by the Court of Cassation on 4 July, which is expected to cancel the previous sentences to confiscate the defendants’ funds or remove their names from the terror list.”

Read: Egypt court sentences 6 to death over 2013 violence

(Source / 02.05.2018)

Egypt’s Morsi on trial for ‘communicating with Hamas’

ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

Ousted Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi, in prison

Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi was in court on charges of “communication with Hamas” yesterday.

In a session at the Cairo Criminal Court, headed by Counsellor Mohammed Shirin Fahmi, the prosecution had charged Morsi and a number of others with crimes including communicating with foreign organisations outside the country in order to commit terrorist acts in the country, disclosing defence secrets to a foreign state and those working for its interests, financing terrorism, military training to achieve the purposes of the Muslim Brotherhood, and committing acts that undermine the country’s independence, unity and territorial integrity.

Morsi has been on trial in a number of cases since his ouster in a military coup in 2013. Human rights groups have repeatedly lambasted the Egyptian government for its treatment of the former president and other political prisoners who they say are being held on trumped up charges.

Read: Morsi’s health ‘has deteriorated severely’

(Source / 29.04.2018)

Rights group: Morsi will die if violations against him continue

Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi attends a trial session in Cairo, Egypt on February 26, 2017 [Moustafa El Shemy/Anadolu Agency]

Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi attends a trial session in Cairo, Egypt on 26 February 2017

Ousted Egypt President Mohamed Morsi will die in prison if violations against him continue, a Swiss based human rights group has warned in a new report.

Morsi has been subjected to systemtic violations which amount to crimes against humanity, the Organization for Protection of Human Rights said in a publication entitled “Dr. Mohamed Morsi … I am threatened”.

According to the report, the violations against Morsi include medical negligence which directly threatens his life as well as not allowing him to meet with his relatives or lawyer.

The organisation noted that it has monitored the violations suffered by Morsi since the coup on 3 July 2013.

The report described the charges against him as “political”, adding that it is “as if the main goal is for the man to die in his prison”.

Read: Morsi’s health ‘has deteriorated severely’

(Source / 23.04.2018)

Egypt court: Morsi’s election was fair

A sign reading that Mohamed Morsi is Egypt’s legitimate President during a conference to mark the fourth anniversary of the Rabaa massacre

An Egyptian criminal court yesterday upheld a previous ruling that the 2012 election of Mohamed Morsi was fair, Egyptian news website Ahram Gate reported.

Former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq filed a complaint alleging that the Egyptian Elections Committee rigged the outcome in Morsi’s favour.

Shafiq complained that some ballots were rigged in certain constituencies, but Judge Ahmed Khafagi told Al-Shorouk newspaper that there were no more than a few hundred questionable ballots and they were excluded from the count.

Morsi was Egypt’s first democratically elected president. After ruling the country for one year he was ousted in a military coup that was led by his defence minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. Al-Sisi is now the country’s president who rules with an iron fist. Since taking over power he has quashed people’s right to free speech and expression, banned protests and gatherings, and authorities have on numerous occasion been accused of human rights violations by rights activists.

Read: Egypt police raid website office, arrest editor in chief

(Source / 09.04.2018)