Police have detained a trans teenager in Egypt.
Malak Kashef, 18, is at severe risk of sexual violence if she is held in a men’s prison.
Officers arrested the young activist after she spoke about supporting LGBTI rights.
Trans teen detained by police, facing rape in Egypt
According to her friends, she was arrested from her home in Cairo, and was led to an unknown place.
Forced disappearance has become a common form or law enforcement in Egypt where defendants are kidnapped by security forces in police stations or secret police buildings and then showing up in prisons or prosecution buildings.
Torture, ill treatment, and severe living conditions are common in Egyptian prisons.
According to her friends, Kashef participated in demonstrations which took place last Friday.
She was helping to protesting the negligence which lead to the deadly train crash in the Cairo Train Station which left 28 people dead and the 45 injured.
During these protests, at least 70 people have reportedly been arrested either for protesting on the street or for criticizing the government and calling for demonstrations, according to Egyptian news website Mada Masr.
Her friends who requested to be unnamed told Gay Star News that Kashef has faced difficulties changing the gender category in her official identification paper.
Ill treatment for LGBTI people in Egypt prisons
‘We fear that the police will treat her as a man and lock her up in cell of men inmates. We know what gays and trans people go through in detention in Egyptian prisons,’ one of her friends told Gay Star News.
Several social media users have called on Egyptian police not to put Kashef in a men’s cell.
‘Ill treatment in detention could start from verbal harassment and intimidation, beatings, reaching rape or molesting, let alone the psychological pressure,’ her friend added.
Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights published a report in 2017 that LGBTI people who are arrested and held in custody are ‘subjected to various forms of harsh and inhumane treatment, amounting to torture in many cases’.
These include vicious beatings, persistent insults in police stations and threats of sexual violence.
Some have been threatened with being placed in a cell with other prisoners who have been incited to rape them.”
Her family and friends are roaming Cairo’s police stations, prosecution buildings, and prisons trying to bribe lower guards to know whether Kashef is inside.
Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director, said:
‘The Egyptian authorities have a horrific track record of persecuting people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, including through carrying out forced anal examinations which amount to torture.
‘The Egyptian authorities are responsible for her physical and psychological safety. They must immediately reveal her whereabouts, and pending her immediate and unconditional release, ensure that she is protected from torture and other abuses.’