The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights calls for the immediate investigation of torturing 900 detainees since 1993
June 22nd, 2011 by Editor
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) on June 22, 2011, submitted a complaint to the prosecutor general office to open an immediate investigation on torturing more than 900 detainees in the Egyptian detention centers since 1993 till 2010.
EOHR welcomed the prosecutor general’s decision, issued on June 21, 2011, to form a committee of three judges to review and discuss the torturing complaints submitted to the prosecution general office after the revolution.
EOHR has handled the torture issues since 1985. Torture incidents are always investigated and documented by EOHR in order to be released to the public to be aware of the current situation of the human rights in Egypt. EOHR also filed lawsuits against many perpetrators involved in torture incidents, like the lawsuit of Abdel Harith Madani, who died under torture in one of the Egyptian detention centers. EOHR documented 701 tortured cases in the Egyptian police stations, among them there were 204 cases that died under torture and ill-treatment. But this is not all, EOHR received information about torturing many other cases but the field representatives could not reach them. So, the mentioned statistics can be taken only as an indicator to the Prevalence and commonness of this crime in the Egyptian detention centers.
Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, stated that the decision of the prosecutor general to open investigation on all the torturing incidents after the revolution is such a promising indicator and a step towards confronting torture in detention centers; the government also should take other legislative steps in order to provide people with access to fair trials according to the international human rights agreements.
As a result of that decision, EOHR calls the prosecutor general office to open investigation on all the complaints submitted by its representatives on this aggressive phenomenon. EOHR called for the amendment of articles no. 126, 129 and 280 of the Egyptian criminal law and the criminal procedures’ law, articles no. 232 and 63 that cover the torture issues. EOHR called also for issuing the juridical police authority law. The juridical police should be working under the supervision of the Egyptian Ministry of Justice.
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