EOHR filed a complaint to the Attorney General to investigate torture cases during Mubarak’s reign

August 22nd, 2013 by Editor

The Organization issued a complaint, Thursday morning, 22nd of August, to the Attorney General with a complaint No.11462 (Petitions’ section). This complaint aims at a quick and prompt investigation of all complaints and notifications, received by the Organization during its work over a period of 25 years, regarding torture incidents, ill treatment, and the violation of the right to life stipulated by international standards of human rights, as well as local and national standards and laws. These violations rest on the Ex-President, Muabarak, as the former head of the Supreme Council of the Police and his former Interior Minister, Habeeb el Adly. 

The Organization filed the report based on the Egyptian Legislation, especially Articles 126,127, and 129 of the Egyptian Penal Code, the norms of the international charters on human rights, including Articles 3 and 6 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 6, clauses 1 and 3 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment which was adopted, signed, and ratified according to the UN General Assembly Resolution 39/46, in December 1984.

The Organization asserts that torture is one of the grave atrocities and violations inflicted upon humans; as it is considered a degradation to the human dignity and a painful act to the people whether psychologically or physically, hence it is condemned by the international community as a crime against human dignity, and banned by the international law regardless of the circumstances that led to the deed. Moreover, torture is regarded as one of the most atrocious and cruelest violations of human rights, as it’s a grave assault on the right of physical safety, it’s an assault on the people’s humanity, and it can lead to death or permanent disability that can prevent people of work.

On his side, Mr.Hafez Abu-Seada, EOHR President, asserted that torture is an atrocity and a grave crime that was committed against the Egyptian citizen during past decades; as the 25th of Januray Revolution broke out to completely eliminate those kinds of atrocities, thus the Organization filed this report to investigate torture incidents committed during Mubarak’s reign and to submit the results to the Public Opinion.

In addition, Abu-Seada added that the submission of that complaint is based on the desire of the Egyptian civil society to fight the crime of torture and eliminate it totally from the Egyptian Society, and this will not happen except through the reformation and the amendment of the Egyptian Legislation and Statutes by imposing new preventive punishments for whoever is persuaded to commit such a horrific crime.

Furthermore, Mr.Hafez said that the series of crimes committed against the Revolutionary youth during and after the 25th of January 2011, including attempted and random murder, and injuries leading to partial or total handicap as a result of forceful dispersion of peaceful demonstrations which is considered a violation of the law, hence investigations should proceed especially with the presence of Audio-Visual evidence that proves the premeditated murder of the demonstrators.


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