In its latest report on the arrest and torture of Yehia Zakareya, the Center for Refugee Solidarity has found strong evidence that the Egyptian security forces are systematically targeting Sudanese nationals. The arrest and torture of Sudanese nationals within Egypt can be seen to be symptomatic of a wider culture of racism towards the Sudanese, that prevails within Egyptian society.
On the 24th December 2015, the Center received an appeal from Youssef Aden to save him. At about 4:00 am (EET) , Egyptian Police officers entered Youssef's cell, handcuffed him, and took him, along with other African refugees, to the Tahrir complex in Cairo and issued a “Movement Certificate” to prove that he entered Egypt in an illegal way, in order to “legally” detain him. Youssef was charged and then transferred to “Qanater Prison” in Cairo, where his mobile phone was confiscated. He now he has no contact with anyone, and the Center is unable to know anything about his whereabouts or wellbeing.