The second memorial of Khaled Said’s Death

June 7th, 2012 by Editor

EOHR calls for confronting torture crimes’ impunity

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) restores its calls to the Ministry of Interior and the Egyptian Supreme Military Council to speed up placing the torture crime impunity confrontation strategy, on the occasion of memorizing the death of Khaled Said after torturing by police officers in Sidi Gaber Police Station, Alexandria. This incident was one of the most significant reasons of the Egyptian revolution of January 25th.

Since EOHR has been established in 1985, it pays high attention to the torture issues and gets these issues prioritized among all the other human rights’ violations. EOHR issued many specialized reports on tortured cases starting 1990 in addition to defending those tortured cases legally, including Khaled Said.  EOHR lawyers attended the first court session on Khaled Said lawsuit and called for placing the lawsuit under articles no. 126 and 129 of the Egyptian criminal law. Those two articles address the torture and killing on purpose crimes. And this demand make the lawsuit come under the International Convention against Torture, which was signed by Egypt in 1986.

In the second memorial of Khaled Said, Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR emphasized that, this case is one of the most significant reasons that leaded to the Egyptian revolution of January 25th. This case of the young man that was tortured to death affected the wide range of people in Egypt. So, suitable measures should be taken as soon as possible for confronting torture crimes in the Egyptian police stations and detention centers. Those measures should naturally comply with the Egyptian constitution and the international standards of human rights. Those police officers who are involved in these crimes must be taken to accountability. The detainees should be provided with physical, psychological and mental safeguards according to the international covenants of human rights.

The head of EOHR emphasized the necessity of getting the detention centers under monitoring of judges. He also mentioned that many of the Egyptian criminal law’s articles are criticized by the Egyptian human rights’ NGOs, which claim that these articles make the torture crimes’ impunity easier.

Abu Seada calls for adopting the draft law of EOHR that made the punishment of the torture crimes’ perpetrators harder and guaranteed the right of the victim to complain against the perpetrator in addition to the immediate responding to the recommendations of International Council for Human Rights. In the same time Abu Seada emphasized on the importance of conducting immediate training and culturing workshops for the police officers, especially those of the Criminal Investigation Departments, on the ideal methods for handling detainees in the detention centers and police stations, in order to guarantee their rights and freedom, according to the Egyptian constitution and the international standards of human rights.

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