ADHRRF – On May 27, 2018, a “Run for Freedom” event was organized by French JEAN JAURÈS team of Amnesty International at Buttes Chaumont Park in Paris. This event launched a petition to urge the Egyptian government to immediately release the human rights activist Ms. Hanan Badr El-Din and give her the necessary medical care.
It is learned that on July 27, 2013, the husband of Ms. Hanan Badr El-Din was wounded during a large-scale mass protest against the former president of Egypt Mohamed Morsi, and he has disappeared since. In order to find out the truth, in early 2014, she and other families who were also searching for missing relatives jointly established “The Association of Families of Victims of Enforced Disappearance.” They organized press conferences and public gatherings to raise public awareness of the issue of enforced disappearance in Egypt. Her actions caused the authorities’ dissatisfaction. On May 6, 2017, Ms. Hanan Badr El-Din was arrested by the Egyptian authorities. She suffers from a genetic disorder, but during her detention, she is unable to obtain the medical care she deserves. Her health condition is worrying.
A member of Amnesty International said that Ms. Hanan Badr El-Din is a symbolic person of all the families of victims of enforced disappearance in Egypt and the chairman of the association. Therefore, it is very important to make the public know and pay attention to this case.
When a reporter asked whether the appeals from the communities could help Ms. Hanan Badr El-Din, a staff member stated that public appeals do play a role. For example, Ms. Su Changlan, a human rights activist in China, has now been released. Although she has no complete freedom under the surveillance of the Chinese Communist Party, at least she is released and has access to medical treatment.
On the day of the event, about 150 participants took part in the race, including more than 20 Chinese Christians from The Church of Almighty God. After the race, the runners signed a petition at the finish line to express their support for Ms. Hanan Badr El-Din, calling on the Egyptian authorities to immediately release her and give her the medical care she needs.
A Christian from The Church of Almighty God said: “If the persecution comes from the government, then the international appeals and interventions will become the only powerful help for the persecuted. Not only in Egypt, enforced disappearance also exists in China. It’s hoped that all sectors of society will pay attention to the human rights issue of enforced disappearance and help Ms. Hanan Badr El-Din regain her freedom as soon as possible.”