EOHR demands a prompt investigation of the torture incident of the citizen Ahmed Ezz El-Din Issa

October 21st, 2013 by Editor

EOHR expresses its deep concern about the received information of the torture of the citizen Ahmed Ezz El-Din Ali Ahmed Issa inside a police station in the Public station of Desouk in Kafr El-Sheikh. This case reflects the continuous cases of torture even after the 25th of January and 30th of June Revolutions; thus the Organization asks the Attorney General to open immediate and urgent investigation of the incident.

 

EOHR has received a complaint from the family of Ahmed Ezz El-Din, which informs that on the 19th of October 2013, at 3 o’clock after noon, Ahmed was heading to the public Desouk station to ride a taxi to Alexandria Governorate, where he works, then he was surprised that the taxi drivers have raised the taxi fare to 15 pounds, so he objected to it. Afterwards, the two drivers have summoned two police personnel who have forced him into entering the police station; the two police personnel have closed the door, and other two have derogated him and have beaten using their hands and weapons until he lost consciousness. As a result, Ahmed has a broken facial bone beneath his eyes, some bruises on the eye and face, nose bleeding, and other bruises on various parts of his body. He was transferred to Desouk General Hospital which referred him to Alexandria University Hospital because of the lack of necessary resources and capabilities for his treatment.

In this context, EOHR confirms that the incident represents the crime of torture in accordance with the definition given to the International Convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or  degrading treatment in the first article of which states that ” intended to torture any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from that person or of a third person, information or a confession, punishing him for an act he has committed or is suspected of having committed, he or a third person , or intimidating or coercing him or a third person – or when such pain or suffering for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from legal sanctions or inherent to such penalties or who is incidental to them.”

 

Accordingly, EOHR demands an immediate and urgent investigation of the torture of Ahmed Ezz El-Din Ali Ahmed Issa and to present the offenders to justice. Also, a strong stand in the face of torture practices must be adopted, with the need from the Egyptian government to ratify the declarations referred to in articles 21 and 22 of the International Convention Against Torture, which accordingly the UN Committee against torture can decide on complaints presented from countries and people concerning the violation of Egypt of the commitments encompassed in the Convention on the crimes of torture.

 

For his side, Hafez Abu Seada, President of EOHR, has asserted that the crime of torture violates one of the most fundamental human rights; that is, the right to life, liberty and personal security. Furthermore he has stressed on the need to confront this crime in various ways, because this crime cannot continue in a State where two revolutions have broken out in order to achieve democracy and to protect human rights.

 

Abu Seada has further added that this crime must be confronted either by amending the legislative system to ensure facing this crime by inflicting deterrent penalties on the perpetrators of these crimes, and to ensure facing the impunity of the perpetrators. Also, it’s important to spread a social culture of denouncing the perpetrators of these crimes.

 

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