EOHR calls for the amendment of the penal code to help prevent torture

November 13th, 2018 by Editor

South Cairo Criminal court sentences 2 Policemen to jail for torturing a citizen to death

EOHR calls for the amendment of the penal code to help prevent torture

On Sunday, 11/11/2018, the South Cairo Criminal Court sentenced a police officer at Al Mokattam police station to three years in prison and a fine of 200 Egyptian pounds. Another policeman was sentenced to six months in prison for the death of Mohammed Abdel Hakim after being subjected to torture at their hands.

On January 15, the prosecution referred the defendants to the Southern Cairo Criminal Court after they were charged with beatings the victim to death and unlawfully detaining him.

Investigation revealed that the two police men arbitrarily detained the victim, took him to the Police station and physically tortured him which led to his death.

EOHR asserts that torture is one of the most serious violations of human rights as it represents an affront to human dignity. The international community has condemned it as a crime against human dignity and international law has categorically prohibited it under any circumstances .

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states in its 3rd Article that “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person” and the 6th article of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights says that “The right to life is a inherent right of every human being. The law must protect this right and no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life.” The Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 17 December 1979, states that “law enforcement officials shall not use force except in the case of extreme necessity and within the limits required for the performance of their duty”.

EOHR calls upon the government and parliament to amend the penal code and criminal procedures law to comply with the Convention against Torture, which Egypt has signed.

From his side Dr. Hafez Abu Seada the president of EOHR said that torture is one of the crimes that must be completely eliminated as it violates that most basic human rights, among the them the rights to life which guaranteed by the Egyptian constitution. Abu Seada also called upon the government to make the necessary legal amendments to Egyptian laws in accordance with CAT so that the penalty for the crime is proportionate to it.



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