Abu Seada calls for adapting the definition of torture with the International Convention

May 8th, 2012 by Editor

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) stated that the Egyptian penal code includes many controversies. It includes many articles facilitate impunity. He called for amendment of article 126 of the Egyptian penal code in order to comply with article 2 of the International Convention against Torture “Each State Party shall make these offenses punishable by appropriate penalties which take into account their grave nature”. He called also for issuing legislations mentioning the right of filing lawsuits against those who get people under torture in order to give confessions in police stations and detention centers in addition to forcible detention.

In the same concern, Abu Seada commented on the proposed legal text of the Constitutional and Legislative Committee of the parliament saying that “the text facilitates impunity by imposing light sanctions, which do not deter perpetrators from going on criminal acts.” Abu Seada calls the parliament for endorsing the proposal issued by EOHR for modifying the torture-related articles within the penal and legal procedures’ codes.

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