EOHR Founds a Network for legal Support of Torture Crimes' Victims in 14 Governorates.

October 5th, 2010 by Editor

EOHR announced the formation of a network of lawyers to provide the legal support for the victims of torture; this event is in the context of the campaign of EOHR against torture of crime, which was launched in June 2010, and was entitled “Combating Impunity”. This announcement came on 5-10-2010, in the first meeting for the representatives of the network in 14 governorates; (Assiut, Helwan, El Dakahlia, Al Auxor, Aswan, Al Menoufia, Al Menia, Al Qalioubia, Cairo, Al Faioum, Alexandria, Al Suez, Kafr El Shiekh, and Damietta).  

Mr. Abu Seada the chairman of EOHR said that the torture crime in Egypt is systematic and typical, as well as it is committed daily; whether to extract confessions from the accused, suspicious, their families in order to press the accused to confess or to return back if they were running away, or to frighten the witnesses to testify against other people. Some people died due to these torture crimes.

Mr. Hafez insisted on that the Egyptian legislation will be limited to punishing the perpetrator of the torture crimes, if joining Egypt to The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights or the Convention against Torture is not accompanied with the proper legislation to protect the victims of torture crimes against any ill-treatment. Adding that those victims are filing cases against the perpetrators of the torture crimes, but in many cases they couldn’t win the case due to the presence of obstacles in the way to it. Criminal accountability and disciplinary for torture cases exist only in theory, due to that filing case against a governmental official or police officer is only limited to the Public Prosecution. In addition to that the accountability of police officers is limited to the ministerial or the concerned body decision; as for example the Public administration for the inspection of police officers and this is In accordance with the provisions of Law No. (109) for the year 1971 on the Police Authority, which carries a meager penalty on police officers, not appropriate to the crime of torture against citizens. 

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada the chairman of EOHR declared that in the context of what is mentioned above, EOHR decided to increase the activities of EOHR around different governorates, by monitoring and documenting violations of the human rights, especially violations of the right to liberty and security of person and the right to bodily integrity and the right to life, through founding this network of lawyers, to provide legal assistance to the victims of torture crimes all around Egyptian governorates, and its reference shall be international standards for the protection of human rights, primarily the International Convention Against Torture and the Protocol to the Convention.

Mr. Abu Seada added that the lawyers of the network will be connected constantly and continuously with EOHR to inform it with monitoring and documentation of torture cases, as well as acting on taking needed legal procedures for supporting torture victims.

It is worth  mentioning that EOHR launched its campaign against torture crimes, which was entitled ‘Combating Impunity’ in June 2010, to continue for a period of 18 months, this campaign includes Cairo and other governorates from all over Egypt. The preliminary events of this campaign were issuing a bill of amending some articles of the Penal Code No. 126, 129 and 280, and other articles of the Criminal Procedures Code No. 63, 232. This bill was raised to the President and the Egyptian Parliament, and was previously proposed by EOHR to the parliament in 2003. 

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