EOHR is holding the third training session on “How to eliminate the crime of torture in Egypt” next Tuesday and Wednesday

September 8th, 2013 by Editor

EOHR is holding the third training session entitled “How to eliminate the crime of torture,” on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 10-11, 2013, at the headquarters of the Organization; that session aims at forming a network of people interested in the crime of torture in Egypt, and how to contribute in eradicating it; as torture is considered to be a violation of the basic human rights of the mere Egyptian Citizen.

This session is part of the Organization’s plan of work to raise cultural and civil awareness about the crime of torture, to modify the Egyptian legislative structure to confront this crime to be compatible with international conventions and agreements, and international law, and to emphasize the importance of the role of both civil society, the media, and journalists in eradicating that crime.

For his part Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, President of EOHR, asserted that the crime of torture is one of the crimes that target the human dignity of the ordinary Egyptian citizen; therefore this crime should to be faced in various ways and means for its elimination. This will only happen through the establishment of a new culture in the society to reject this crime; hence its eradication.

Mr. Abu Seada added that civil society seeks primarily to modify the Egyptian legislative structure to eliminate this crime through amending Article (126) of the Egyptian Penal Code, in consistency with UN Convention Against Torture, ratified by Egypt, which defines torture as pain, or physical and mental suffering, not necessarily aiming at the exaction of confessions-as stated in the Egyptian law. Also, ratifying the two declarations referred to in Articles (21) and (22) of The UN Convention against Torture, whereby a UN Committee against Torture can investigate any complaints submitted by countries or/and people concerning the violation of the obligations stipulated in international agreements and conventions by Egypt.

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