Sep 7, 2017 @ 9:50


By: Agence France-Presse

Human Rights Watch on Wednesday accused Egyptian safety companies of widespread torture of detainees in a possible “crime against humanity”.

The New York-based rights group stated in a report that safety companies in the North African nation used torture as a “systematic practice” against suspected opponents of the federal government.

Egypt’s international ministry stated the HRW report was primarily based on undocumented testimonies.

Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zaid stated it ignored steps the federal government had taken on human rights and accountability for people concerned in torture circumstances.

Rights teams have repeatedly accused Egyptian safety companies of practising torture, one thing the inside ministry has denied.

“Human Rights Watch believes the torture epidemic in Egypt likely constitutes a crime against humanity, due to its widespread and systematic practice,” the group stated in the report.

It stated it had interviewed 19 former detainees who detailed the strategies of torture, which embody electrocution.

Police additionally handcuffed suspects and suspended them by their arms.

In one other place referred to as the ‘chicken’ or ‘grill’, “officers placed a stick or bar behind the suspects’ knees, wrapped their arms around the bar from the other side so that the bar laid between the crook of their elbows and the back of their knees, and tied their hands together above their shins to secure them in the position,” HRW stated.

The bar was then lifted, inserting the suspects in a place “resembling a chicken on a rotisserie spit”.

The report quoted a former detainee alleging police “repeatedly raped” him with a stick.

Egypt’s authorities has acknowledged “individual” circumstances of torture in latest years, and a number of other policemen have been tried and sentenced for violent deaths in detention.

Police abuses fuelled a 2011 rebellion that unseated veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak and ushered in years of political instability.

In 2013, then military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew Mubarak’s unpopular Islamist successor Mohamed Morsi, unleashing a bloody crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood motion.

Jihadists have since launched a lethal insurgency that has killed lots of of policemen and troopers.

Sisi, elected president in 2014, requested the police to crack down on abuses after a spate of violent deaths in jail and police shootings that sparked protests.

In February final yr, a courtroom sentenced a policeman to eight years in jail for beating to death a veterinary surgeon in custody in the Suez Canal metropolis of Ismailiya.

In December 2015, a courtroom in the Nile delta metropolis of Tanta sentenced two policemen in absentia to life in jail for killing a person in custody.

The identical month, a courtroom sentenced two secret policemen to 5 years in jail for beating to death an imprisoned lawyer in a Cairo police station.

In its report, HRW really useful Sisi deal with what it referred to as a “torture epidemic” and process the justice ministry with appointing a particular prosecutor to analyze complaints of abuse and prosecute them.

Failing that, it urged “UN member states to investigate and, if appropriate, prosecute in their own courts Egyptian security officers and other officials accused of committing torture or allowing it”.(AFP)