Bare-chested, hands tied, a black hood pulled over their heads. Under the hot sun of Rome, in Piazza del Pantheon, the Amnesty International activists act out torture and enforced disappearances in Egypt. A flash mob organized Wednesday morning to commemorate Giulio Regeni and hundreds of other victims of these barbaric, yet routine, practices under the “friendly el-Sisi regime.”
On average, there are “three to four disappearances every day,” according to data collected by the local non-governmental organizations and compiled in a dramatic new report released by Amnesty entitled “Egypt: Officially, You Do Not Exist.’ Enforced disappearances and torture in the name of war against terrorism.” The document highlights “an unprecedented trail of enforced disappearances in the first months of 2015,” explains the association promoting the campaign “Truth for Giulio Regeni.”
Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni knows well the status of human rights violations in Egypt, even though the government he is a part of is paralyzed, unable to act on the many promises of firmness, under the power of cross vetoes and private interests. Even that small decision to suspend the upcoming supply of spare parts for F-16 planes — used by the Cairo regime not only to fight Daesh but also to bomb Shia enemies of the Islamic State — Gentiloni had to provide explanations Wednesday, during the question time in the House.