Amnesty International Slams Egypt on Torturing Prisoners
Amnesty International has recently released a report on torture in Egypt criticizing its government’s failure to fulfill its national and international commitments. The report said that the Egyptian government has failed to protect its citizens against the serious human rights violations and expressed the organization’s concern over the Egyptian government’s lack of willingness needed to protect prisoners and detainees against torture and mistreatment.
The organization called on the Egyptian government to set basic guarantees to protect prisoners, including the permission of doctors and lawyers to meet with them and carrying out immediate, comprehensive and objective investigations of all news reports on the torture of prisoners.
The organization’s report entitled “Torture Increases in Jails Meets Indifference” listed thousands of cases in which people were tortured whether during their jail or detention at the police stations. The UN called on the Egyptian government officially in 1999 to provide it with a list of death cases in prisons during the past five years.
The Amnesty report pointed out that the victims of torture came from various professional and environmental backgrounds despite the fact that marginalized persons have been more vulnerable to violations than others. Many of the tortured persons refrained from publicly announcing their experience due their fear of retaliation or social pressure.
According to the report, the UN organization representatives interviewed dozens of victims but thousands of torturing complaints have not been investigated despite the fact that the national and international organizations have provided the Egyptian government with detailed and comprehensive reports on many cases of torture.