EOHR demands an investigation of the torture incident of the MBC reporter in Egypt

November 4th, 2013 by Editor

EOHR condemns the torture incident of Eslam Fathi , correspondent of MBC channel in Egyp, who was  tortured by officers, and members of the police station in Minya; this incident is a flagrant violation of the right to bodily integrity.

In a telephone conversation with the above mentioned victim, he has confirmed that he was doing a television report on one of the collapsed houses on the Street station next to Palace Square.

A verbal altercation between him and one of the officers occurred after the officer prevented him from a preview of the house despite showing his media identity as a correspondent for the command channel; as a result, the officer pushed him on the car box, which led the existing force to infringe on the reporter by beating him.  Eslam has confirmed that he was beaten and tortured for more than 10 hours from seven o’clock Thursday evening to Friday afternoon, where he was chained and hanged from his foot and hand, and they have beaten him on his head as well as other parts of his body. It was confirmed that he went to the public prosecutor to record the incident.  

In this context, EOHR confirms that the incident represents the crime of torture in accordance with the definition given by the International Convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment in the first article of which states that: “Torture means 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. ”

EOHR demands an immediate and urgent investigation of the torture incident of the citizen Eslam Fathi and referring the offenders to an urgent trial. Also, a srong stance should be adopted to face those acts, and The Egyptian Government needs to ratify the declarations referred to in the articles 21 and 22 of the International Convention Against Torture, which accordingly the UN Commission against Torture could decide on the complaints presented by countries and people related to Egypt’s violation for its commitment to the provision of the Convention.

 

For his side, Hafez Abu Saada, present of EOHR, has confirmed that the crime of torture violates one of the most fundamental human rights, which is the right to life, liberty and personal security, stressing on the need to confront this crime with all necessary mean; as it cannot continue in a State where two revolutions have arisen to achieve democracy and to protect the human Rights.

 

Abu Seada has further added that the Ministry of Interior was pursuing a policy to improve the relationship between police force and citizens and respect for human rights; hence the Minister of Interior must start an immediate investigation of this incident to confirm the ministry’s policy in the condemnation of all forms of torture and prevent it from happening inside police stations.

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