June 23rd, 2013 by Editor
Torture and Killings under the Second Republic
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR), in the anniversary of the Torture Day, holds a press conference on June 26, 2013, 12 pm. The “Torture and Killings under the Second Republic” press conference will be located at EOHR headquarters, 8/10, Matehaf Al Manial St., Floor 10, Roda, Close to Fatin Hamama Cinema, Nile Corniche, Cairo.
The press conference is aimed at presenting EOHR report on the situation of the crime of torture in Egypt under the second republic, the situation of the Egyptian legislations, reasons beyond continuity of torture under the second republic. The report discusses shortcomings of the Egyptian legislatives systems regarding the policing staff members’ violations related to investigation and victims’ protection. It discusses also detaining and torturing human rights and political activists, which makes the Egyptian people call for a new revolution. The report also listed some of the tortured cases, documented by EOHR from June 2012 to June 2013.
For his part, Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, head of EOHR, emphasized that torture is a crime against humanity and a violation of international treaties ratified by Egypt, and has now been criminalized by domestic law according to the Constitution. Therefore such acts must be addressed and the perpetrators must be held responsible in order to serve as a deterrent for those tempted to commit torture and other cruel and inhuman treatment. The revolution aimed mainly combating torture and impunity. Continuity of torture in Egypt illustrates clearly that the demands of the revolution are not taken seriously. Mr. Hafez Abu Seada also called for the introduction of a set of standards in order to guarantee a fair and just trial. Most importantly trials must be open to the public in order to avoid any attempt at concealing the truth. He also demanded the introduction of a clear definition of torture in Egyptian law that is consistent with international conventions against torture.
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