Published Report: Torture and Killings under the Second Republic

July 7th, 2013 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) published a report on violence in Egypt after the 2011 Uprising titled, “Torture and Killings under the Second Republic”.

The report elaborates on the situation of the crime of torture in Egypt under the second republic, which happens every day according to the report. Contrary to the demands of the protestors on the 18 days following January 25, 2011, the violent practices of the security apparatus have not gotten less.

The report, “Torture and Killings under the Second Republic” entails the situation of the Egyptian legislations, as well as the reasons beyond continuity of torture under the second republic. It discusses shortcomings of the Egyptian legislatives systems regarding the policing staff members’ violations related to investigation and victims’ protection. It also discusses detainment and torture of human rights and political activists, which makes the Egyptian people call for a new revolution. The report also listed specific 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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