EOHR’s campign in the frame of combating impunity EOHR calls the attorney general for immediate investigation in torture incendent of “ Tahani Bakhit”

September 27th, 2010 by Editor

EOHR expresses its concerns on torturing “Tahani Bakhit”,  50 yaears old, and calls for immediate investigation on this incident and refer those who are responsible for this incident to legal questionning.

EOHR received compliant on Sunday 26/9/2010, which states that in 11/7/2010 Tahani Bakhit was infront of her house with her brother ” Orabi Mohamed Bakhit”, suddenly, they were arressted by police force of Dar El Salam police station. The aforementioned protested on arrsting and insepection of her brother,then they took her to Dar El Salam ploice station

She was kept in custoday for three hours. During this time, she was hitten by police corporal, three of them slapped her in her hands, dragged her on the floor, broke her eyeglasses, and hit her all over her body with wooden stick, causing her the following injuries ( bruises in her right leg, in her left side of her face and different brusies in her body).

As a result, Tahani subjected a report on the aformentioned incident to the Public Prosecution. It registered under no.4308/2010, accordingly the Public Proseution has referred Tahani to forensic medicine who issued report in 25/8/2010 which registered under no.1044/2010 and it provd that she suffers from the previous injuries and it confirms the occurance of the incident.

EOHR adderessed both the Minister of Defence and the Attorney General about this incident.

EOHR expresses its consolidality with the aforementioned citizen, and calls the Attorny General for carrying out the procedures of the investigation and declare its result to the public opinion and punish the criminals. EOHR calls the governemnt for the nessicty of termination of the emergency situation which cause fundemntal rights’vilation of citizens like the right to freedom and personal security. Activate what is stated on UN Convention against Torture in order to protect all citizens from torture, ill-treatment, and degrading punishments. Carry out all the effective legisaltaive,  administaraytive or judicial procedures or any procedures that prevents torture acts. We musn’t invoke with any extraordinary circumstances or any general emrgency situation to legalize any torture act.

Mr. Hafez, the Chairman of EOHR, supported the idea of activating the legal articles concerned about subjecting the arresting and detention places to the judicial supervision. Mr. Abu Seada also said that many of the penal code articles are criticized by the Human Rights organizations, due to that these articles are protecting and facilitating Impunity. Mr. Hafez clarified that EOHR has presented a new bill, which stressed harshening punishment against the perpetrators of crimes of torture, and the inadmissibility of the usage of clemency and extenuating circumstances of the punishment, and the realization of the right of victims to file criminal cases against the perpetrators of torture crimes.

Mr. Abu Seada asked the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt and both People’s Assembly and Al Shura Council to adopt the bill which was presented by EOHR to compat torture. Also Mr. Hafez asked the government to comply with the recommendations of the UPR of International Council for Human Rights-Geneva, concerning torture, which are amending both articles no.129, 126 of the penal code to be consistent with the International Convention Against Torture, and to join the optional protocol against torture, and to invite the special rapporteur Against Torture to visit Egypt.

It is well known that EOHR launched its campaign for combating torture crime, entitled “Combating Impunity” in June 2010, to last for 18 months. This campaign includes Cairo and a number of other governorates in north and south of Egypt. The preliminary event of this campaign was issuing a bill of amending a number of the articles of the penal code, which are articles no.(126,129,280), and other 2 articles of the Criminal Procedures Code, which are ( 63,232). This bill is now between the hands of the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Egyptian Parliament, knowing that EOHR has already submitted this bill in 2003.

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