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Kidnapping rights activists from Hisham Mubarak Law Center, The Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights, and Volunteers from the Front to Defend Egypt Protestors

Cairo 2011/2/3

HMLC announced today that they hold the Egyptian state and its different institutions the responsibility for the life of the arrested human rights activists, as well as the documents related to cases raised by the center in Egyptian courts –more than 700 case- in addition to the activists computers that were in the center. We also note that the center is still under the control of the Egyptian state, assisted by a group of thugs.

We promise hundreds of Egyptian Citizens who benefit from the services of the Center that we will continue to follow their cases, regardless of the current situation of the Center.

It should be mentioned that a number of military police has surrounded the entrance of the building where both Hisham Mubarak Law Center, and The Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights are located; then the building was surrounded by more than 70 thugs shouting 'spies and traitors'. Then the military police entered the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights in the fourth floor, searched the office, and then took the same procedures in the Hisham Mubarak Law Center, where the control room of the Front to Defend Egypt Protestors which included activists from  HMLC as well as a number of volunteer lawyers and researchers, while another group of the activists in the front were present in Tahrir square to document the situation of the Protest.

We were notified by the arrest of thirty activists that were present in the center including members of Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch.

And we were able to document a number of the kidnapped activists from the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights, and Hisham Mubarak Law Center, and they include, Ahmad Seif Hamad, Mostafa El Hassan, Mohsen Besheer, lawyers in HMLC; Mona El Masry a researcher in HMLC, - Fatma Abada- Saeed Hadadi researcher in Amnesty international- Daniel Wiliams researcher in Human Rights Watch.

HMLC asserts that it will continue its work and struggle for contributing to a nation that respects Human Rights, and demands the release of the arrested activists and secure the documents and cases confiscated from the Center.