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Contrairement à certains rapports récents, le ministère de l'Intérieur nie que la torture soit pratiquée dans les prisons égyptiennes

Contrairement à certains rapports récents, le ministère de l'Intérieur nie que la torture soit pratiquée dans les prisons égyptiennes | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Assistant interior minister for human rights, Abu Bakr Abdel Karim repeated Friday the ministry’s denial of cases of torture inside prisons, as the number of accounts by tortured detainees rises.

Egyptian news website Mada Masr published Friday an English translation of a testimony of Islam Abu Ghazala, who had been arrested on October 6, 2013 during an anti-government protest, detailing the systematic torture he endured in Wadi al-Natroun prison.

“As the policemen made us crawl on the floor, they followed us with sticks, belts, and water pipes, lashing our backs to force us to crawl faster,” Ghazala said. In early January he started a hunger strike in protest of his treatment.

Ghazala’s testimony is one of the many reports about torture in prisons that came out this week.

For example, prominent activists Khaled el-Sayed and Nagy Kamel were “stripped of their clothes, hit with water, and savagely beaten,” during their detention at Al-Azbakeya police station, according to the activist Facebook page “Freedom for the Brave.”

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information published a statement on Wednesday, calling for “an immediate, independent investigation into growing claims of the brutal torture and sexual assault of detainees held in prisons and police stations in Egypt after their arrest in demonstrations on January 25th.” Sixteen prominent Egyptian human rights organizations signed the statement.

Another six political groups issued a statement Wednesday condemning the accounts of brutal torture and sexual assault in prison. Among the undersigning parties were the Dostour Party, Hamdeen Sabbahi’s Popular Current, the Egypt Freedom Party, and the Egyptian Social Democratic Party.

However, the Interior Ministry has repeatedly denied that any torture or violations of human rights has happened in prison and has welcomed human rights groups for inspections.

“Anyone who faced practices of torture has to file a complaint [with the Interior Ministry], and it will be addressed,” said assistant Minister Abdel Karim  in a phone call with CBC channel, claiming that the Interior Ministry does not accept any violations.

He added that a delegation from the state-appointed National Council of Human Rights (NCHR) visited a number of prisons on Thursday to ensure human rights were respected.

NCHR member Kamal Abbas said Friday that a delegation from the NCHR, based on its legal and constitutional mandate, is scheduled to visit Abou Zaabl Prison this week to assess reports of tortured detainees.

Abbas added to CBC Extra Channel that the NCHR has received several complaints from prisoners’ relatives regarding the torture of detainees.

Additional reporting by Fadya Shoala.

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Selon le témoignage de proches et d'avocats, et contrairement aux affirmations du ministère de l'Intérieur égyptien, des activistes affirment avoir subi en prison des tortures le mois dernier.

Secular activists arrested last month on the third anniversary of the revolt against Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak say they have been tortured, some with electric shocks, relatives and lawyers who have seen them said.

 

The Interior Ministry denied any abuses. If independently confirmed, the allegations would suggest police have reverted to some of the practices blamed for stoking the 2011 uprising.

 

The latest arrests have increased criticism of the army-backed authorities by liberals and leftists who supported the decision to remove President Mohamed Mursi and who have turned a blind eye to a state crackdown on his Islamist supporters.

 

Lawyers say police detained about 1,000 people, including some teenage boys, on January 25, when 49 people, mostly Islamists, were killed during anti-government marches. Thousands rallied in support of the authorities on the same day.

 

The torture and humiliation began in police stations and continued in some of Egypts most notorious prisons and detention centers, relatives and lawyers told Reuters.

 

"He told me he was hanging by his arms from the ceiling and beaten very badly. He was taken to a room and blindfolded so he could hear the screams of men who were being tortured," said Hoda Mahmoud, referring to her detained husband Khaled al-Sayed.

 
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Des femmes torturées et victimes d'abus sexuels dans les prisons égyptiennes

Des femmes torturées et victimes d'abus sexuels dans les prisons égyptiennes | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt's Women against the Coup movement has revealed that the authorities arrested 200 women in December and January and accused the interior ministry of torture and sexual abuse. "We registered the arrest of 200 women since the ratification of the Demonstration Act, which requires prior permission from the interior ministry for any demonstration and imposes severe retribution against dissidents," said a report by the group.

According to Turkish news agency Anadolu, the women's movement pointed out that female students from Al-Azhar University top the list of prisoners, which includes girls under 15 years old and elderly ladies of 60-plus.

The movement's report noted that most arrests took place on the last Friday of December when 40 women were taken into custody. "Criminal sentences handed down in absentia started to appear in January," the report said. "Six female students from Al-Azhar were sentenced to one year in prison and six from Nasser City were sentenced to five years."

Women against the Coup said that violations against the women prisoners "started from the minute that they were arrested"; the report also uses the term "kidnapped". "They were beaten by batons, their scarfs were removed and they were pulled by the hair; clothes were ripped off and they were sexually molested by officers who touched their private parts," it alleged.

When the prisoners arrived at police stations they were obliged to strip off their clothes and, again, police officers touched their private parts and beat them before putting them in "inappropriate" cells. "After they were taken to Al-Qanater Prison," claims the report, "the women faced virginity tests and were mixed with common criminals, who also attacked them."

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Egyptian doctors 'ordered to operate on protesters without anaesthetic'

Egyptian doctors 'ordered to operate on protesters without anaesthetic' | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Exclusive: Leaked presidential report recommends an investigation into the highest echelons of the army leadership .

Senior Egyptian army doctors were ordered to operate without anaesthetic on wounded protesters at a military hospital in Cairo during protests against military rule, according to an investigation commissioned by president Mohamed Morsi. The report into military and police malpractice since 2011 also alleges that doctors, soldiers and medics assaulted protesters inside the hospital.

The findings, which relate to the army's behaviour during the Abbassiya clashes in May 2012, are the latest leak to the Guardian of a suppressed report investigating human rights abuses in Egypt since the start of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Earlier leaks alleged that the military were involved in torture, killings and forced disappearances during the uprising.

The new chapter contains testimony from doctors and protesters about the treatment of injured demonstrators at the Kobri el-Qoba military hospital in Cairo in May 2012.

It alleges that a senior military doctor ordered subordinates to operate on wounded protesters without anaesthetic or sterilisation and reports that doctors, nurses and senior officers also beat some of the wounded protesters. It also claims that a senior officer ordered soldiers to lock protesters in a basement.

The chapter concludes by recommending an investigation into the highest echelons of the army leadership – a deeply significant development. Even though the report has not been officially published, its status as a presidential document – coupled with the extent of its conclusions – represents the first acknowledgment by the state of the scale of the atrocities both during and since the 2011 uprising.

"I can't overestimate the importance of this report," said Heba Morayef, the director of Human Rights Watch in Egypt. "It's incredibly important. Until today, there has been no official state acknowledgement of excessive force on the part of the police or military.

 

More on: http://m.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/11/egypt-doctors-operate-protesters-anaesthetic?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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Les accusations de torture se multiplient en Égypte

Les accusations de torture se multiplient en Égypte | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Mohammed el-Gendi était de ces révolutionnaires égyptiens de la première heure. Branché sur les réseaux sociaux, diplômé d'une école de commerce, amateur de voyages: ce jeune homme de 28 ans incarnait à merveille la fameuse «génération Facebook», victorieuse du dictateur Moubarak durant l'hiver 2011.

Il est naturellement allé célébrer les deux ans de la révolution sur la place Tahrir, le 25 janvier dernier. «À la fin de la journée, on s'est tous dispersés et Mohammed s'est dirigé vers la gare pour prendre son train. On ne l'a plus jamais revu», raconte Samir, l'un de ses camarades.

Folle d'inquiétude, sa mère, Samia, fait le tour des hôpitaux et des commissariats: aucune trace de son fils. «C'était mon seul fils, j'étais prête à tout pour le retrouver», nous confie-t-elle. Au bout de 10 jours, elle parvient enfin à retrouver Mohammed. Il agonise sur un lit d'hôpital, au Caire. «Nous n'avons même pas réussi à communiquer. Il était couvert d'hématomes. Ils lui avaient cassé toutes les dents. On voyait aussi qu'ils l'avaient étranglé avec la chaîne qu'il portait autour du cou. Je n'ai pas le moindre doute: il a été torturé.»

Quelques heures plus tard, le 4 février, Mohammed el-Gendi s'éteint. Sa mort va provoquer une puissante vague d'indignation en Égypte. Mais ni les manifestations, ni les émissions de télévision, ni même les expertises des médecins légistes n'ébranleront le pouvoir. Le gouvernement des Frères musulmans persiste à affirmer que Mohammed el-Gendi a été victime d'un banal accident de la route.

 

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Activist accuses Brotherhood of torture

Activist accuses Brotherhood of torture | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Maspero Youth Union (MYU) declared on Saturday night that Amir Ayad, the Coptic activist who went missing during Friday’s clashes in Moqattam, was abducted by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. The statement was made to a Christian news outlet which MYU confirmed is authentic.

According to the interview, Ayad said he was taken to a mosque where he was beaten and detained.

Ayad was found Saturday morning covered in bruises and showing clear signs he had been whipped. Member of MYU’s Political Bureau Mina Magdi El-Qess said Ayad’s condition is improving and he may need surgery before he is fully recovered.

 

More on: http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/03/24/activist-accuses-brotherhood-of-torture/

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Coptic Christians say they were tortured in Libya

Coptic Christians say they were tortured in Libya | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Dozens of Coptic Christians were tortured inside a detention center run by a powerful militia in eastern Libya, two of the recently released detainees told The Associated Press on Friday amid a wave of assaults targeting Christians in Benghazi and the latest instance of alleged abuse by Libyan security forces.

The two, among an estimated 50 Egyptian Christians who have been detained in Libya on suspicion of proselytizing, told of being rounded up in a market by gunmen who checked their right wrists for tattoos of crosses. (...)

Militias have been targeting Christians, women, journalists, refugees and those considered former loyalists of Moammar Gadhafi, who was toppled and killed in Libya's 2011 civil war. The state relies on the militias to serve as security forces since Libya's police and military remain in shambles.

Egypt's foreign ministry said that its embassy in Libya was investigating the allegations of torture.

The militia that held the group claimed it treated the Coptic Christian detainees well.

(AP, via dnj.com)

 

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Un chrétien égyptien torturé à mort en Libye, selon un avocat

Un chrétien égyptien torturé à mort en Libye, selon un avocat | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it


Un chrétien copte égyptien détenu par les  services de sécurité libyens à Benghazi (est) a été torturé à mort, a affirmé  lundi au Caire un avocat spécialisé dans la défense de cette communauté.    Ezzat Hakim Attallah "est décédé après avoir été torturé avec d'autres  détenus", a déclaré à l'AFP Naguib Guebraïl, avocat de confession copte qui  dirige une ONG, l'Union égyptienne pour les droits de l'Homme.    Le 1er mars, un responsable des services de sécurité de Benghazi avait  indiqué qu'une cinquantaine de chrétiens égyptiens soupçonnés de prosélytisme  avaient été arrêtés quelques jours auparavant dans cette ville de l'est de la  Libye.    Ce responsable avait ajouté que ce groupe était en possession de bibles,  d'ouvrages encourageant la conversion au christianisme, et d'images du Christ  et de l'ancien chef de l'Église copte orthodoxe Chenouda, décédé en 2012.    Ces Egyptiens sont par ailleurs accusés d'"entrée illégale sur le  territoire libyen", avait-il ajouté.    Quatre étrangers --un Egyptien, un Sud-africain, un Sud-coréen et un  Suédois détenteur d'un passeport américain-- soupçonnés de prosélytisme  chrétien avaient aussi été arrêtés mi-février à Benghazi.    Me Guebraïl a mis en cause les autorités égyptiennes, notamment le  président islamiste Mohamed Morsi et le Premier ministre Hicham Qandil, leur  reprochant de ne pas être intervenus en faveur des personnes arrêtées.    Depuis la chute du régime de Mouammar Kadhafi en 2011, la minorité  chrétienne en Libye exprime des craintes quant à la montée de la mouvance  islamiste extrémiste.    Les Coptes représentent 6 à 10% de la population égyptienne et constituent  la plus grande communauté chrétienne du Moyen-Orient. 

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http://ennaharonline.com/fr/news/19110.html

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Egypt to refute UN committee concerns over recent torture cases

Egypt to refute UN committee concerns over recent torture cases | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

As new cases of torture surface, diplomatic sources say the continuation of Mubarak-era abuses may affect foreign aid and loans to Egypt.

 

A strongly-worded letter requesting information about reports of systematic torture, at times leading to death, of Egyptian political activists has been sent to the Egyptian government by the Geneva-based Committee Against Torture.

 

The committee is the body charged with overseeing the commitment of governments to observe the terms of the UN Convention against Torture, which Egypt has ratified.

The letter referred to recent reports of torture by a number of activists, including some allegations of rape.

According to a source at the ministry of justice, the letter does not conclude firmly that the “alleged cases of torture” occurred but “it does demand clarification on specific cases.”

Among the specific cases included in the letter is Mohamed El-Gendy, an activist whose death on 4 February was blamed on police torture by his family and by other activists. A government forensic report attributed his death to a car accident, and government sources have denied the allegations of torture.

 

According to the source at the ministry of justice, a “reply to refute the accounts will be sent to the committee.”

“We are waiting for some information to come from the ministry of interior on a few matters and then we will draft a reply,” he said.

The government's formal response will then have to be vetted by the ministry of foreign affairs before it is sent to the committee. 

 

More on: http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/65785/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-to-refute-UN-committee-concerns-over-recent-.aspx

 

 

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Prosecution inquires on detention and torture of protesters

Prosecution inquires on detention and torture of protesters | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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The prosecution of Cairo's Heliopolis, headed by Judge Ibrahim Saleh, ordered on Sunday the criminal investigations of five of the accused of torturing and detaining victims at the presidential palace on December 5.

The prosecution has already received the testimonies of some of the victims, reported the Middle East News Agency.

Some of the people detained during the 5 December clashes have accused the Muslim Brotherhood of torturing them.

Supporters of President Mohamed Mursi have forcibly dispersed a sit-in held against the president at the presidential palace.

The opponents of Mursi have staged a sit-in to protest a decree he issued in November giving him sweeping powers and shielding his decisions from judicial challenges.

The clashes resulted in the death of ten people and the injury of hundreds

 

This content is from :Aswat Masriya  
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The Scourge of Child Abuse in Egypt’s Prisons

The Scourge of Child Abuse in Egypt’s Prisons | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

“We were trying to reassure him,” says Mohamed el-Maligi, an activist detained in the same cell. “He was asking if we were going to beat him and begging us not to sexually abuse him.”

The boy, a 13-year-old also named Mohamed, said he had been arrested earlier that day in central Cairo while selling pocket tissues to passing drivers.

 

Detained following the nationwide unrest that erupted after the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolt, Mohamed’s fate is a disturbing example of new tactics employed by the security services.

 

In the wake of the clashes last month, which left scores of people dead, hundreds of children have been illegally detained by the Egyptian police. Many of them have been beaten, tortured, and sexually humiliated by their captors.

 

According to Karim Ennarah, a researcher for the Cairo-based Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, the rate of child detention over the past month is “unprecedented.”

 

While the exact number of children arrested is hard to come by—in part because of recent changes to prosecutorial procedures that make it more difficult to track cases—Priyanka Motaparthy, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, tells The Daily Beast that in Cairo and Port Said alone, there have been more than 170 documented cases of child detentions in the last month. And activists, who point out that other cities such as Alexandria, Suez, and Tanta have also experienced unrest, say the problem is nationwide. Mahmoud Bilal, a lawyer who works on the issue, estimates there may be as many as 400 cases from around the country.

 

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'Hundreds of children' tortured in Egypt

Lawyers and activists claim that large numbers of children, some as young as nine, have been illegally imprisoned during protests which followed the second anniversary of the 2011 uprising.

Some of those arrested have been subject to torture including beatings, electrocution with Tazer-style devices and being forced to strip naked before being drenched in cold water, according to a report in the Independent newspaper.

Some of the children were forced to drink a foul "soup" consisting of salt dissolved in water, said Mahmoud Bilal, a lawyer who works on cases involving detained minors.

One lawyer estimated up to 400 children had been detained by police during outbreaks of violence.

Mohamed el-Maligi, an activist who spent more than a week in detention earlier this month, told The Independent how he shared a cell block with 47 children who had been arrested by the police. (The Telegraph)

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Un récit de la torture pratiquée dans la prison de Wadi al-Natrum

Un récit de la torture pratiquée dans la prison de Wadi al-Natrum | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Human beings have been dignified in all religions, which venerate humanity and forbid the torture of humans and their detention without evidence.
Their rights to freedom of expression and to mobility have been granted, except in Egypt, where the meaning of humanity has been shattered at the hands of injustice and oppression that overlook all laws and traditions.
What law or religion do we follow or abide by now, we do not know anymore. Where is Egypt heading?
We put in your hands a catastrophic situation in order for you to learn about our suffering, and to become our companions in putting an end to this suffering. (...)
We ask you, our families and the Egyptian people, to continue your struggle and to not be deterred in demanding your dignity and rights by what happened to us. Do not allow fear to come between you and do not forget the rights of the injured, the martyred and the detained. We put this responsibility in your hands, knowing that you will be up to it, for we will not allow the Egyptian people to experience what we experienced.
We call on the local and international media to scream out on our behalf calling for the rights of the detainees and their immediate release.
We call on Egyptian and international civil society organizations to take to court Interim President Adly Mansour, Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi, Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, the head of prisons department, the head of Wadi al-Natrun prison and all officers, soldiers and state security personnel that participated in our torture on November 13, 2013.
We ask you to present them to courts in Egypt and to the International Criminal Court for having permitted our detention for all this time without any evidence, and for torturing us and refusing to allow us to defend ourselves, in a clear violation of local law and international agreements to which Egypt is a signatory.

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"Je voulais me coucher et mourir" : un rapport accablant de l'Observatoire des Droits de l'Homme, mettant en cause le Soudan et l'Egypte, sur le trafic et la torture des Érythréens.

"Je voulais me coucher et mourir" : un rapport accablant de l'Observatoire des Droits de l'Homme, mettant en cause le Soudan et l'Egypte, sur le trafic et la torture des Érythréens. | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By Jonathan Moremi
Human Rights Watch Tuesday released a disturbing report about the ongoing human trafficking and torture in eastern Sudan and Egypt, urging authorities of both countries to finally take effective steps to stop the atrocities. The 79-page report “’I Wanted to Lie Down and Die’: Trafficking and Torture of Eritreans in Sudan and Egypt” documents how for years Egyptian traffickers have tortured Eritreans for ransom in the Sinai Peninsula, including through rape, burning and mutilation. It also documents torture by traffickers in eastern Sudan and 29 incidents in which victims told Human Rights Watch that Sudanese and Egyptian security officers facilitated trafficker abuses rather than arresting them and rescuing their victims. Human Rights Watch speaks of thousands of Eritreans who have been kidnapped and subjected to unbearable violence in the Sinai Peninsula, and the organisation has received new reports as recently as November 2013 and January 2014.
“Egyptian officials have for years denied the horrific abuse of refugees going on under their noses in Sinai,” said Gerry Simpson, senior refugee researcher for Human Rights Watch and author of the report. “Both Egypt and Sudan need to put an end to torture and extortion of Eritreans on their territory, and to prosecute traffickers and any security officials colluding with them.”
For the report Human Rights Watch interviewed 37 Eritrean victims and drew on hundreds of interviews conducted by nongovernmental organisations in and outside of Egypt as well as on statements by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) relating to its interviews of hundreds more.
The victims have given harrowing accounts of the torture inflicted by Egyptian traffickers to extort up to $40,000 from their relatives. All of the witnesses interviewed by Human Rights Watch said they saw or experienced abuse by the traffickers, including rapes of both women and men; electric shocks; burning victims’ genitalia and other body parts with hot irons, boiling water, molten plastic, rubber, and cigarettes; beating them with metal rods or sticks; hanging victims from ceilings; threatening them with death; and depriving them of sleep for long periods. Seventeen of the victims said they saw others die of the torture. Their relatives, who heard the victims scream through mobile phones, collected and wired vast sums of money to the traffickers to try and secure the release.

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Le ministre de la Justice :"Il n'y a ni torture, ni aucune sorte de violence dans les prisons égyptiennes."

Le ministre de la Justice :"Il n'y a ni torture, ni aucune sorte de violence dans les prisons égyptiennes." | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By NOURHAN HASSAN

 CAIRO: There is no torture or detention or any kind of violence practiced inside Egyptian prisons, said Minister of Justice Adel Abdel Hamid, Tuesday.

Abdel Hamid’s statement came during a meeting with a delegation of the International Federation for Human Rights, in response to a question about alleged torture cases inside the Egyptian prisons.

The delegation asked the minister about the reason behind holding the trials of former Mubarak-era and the Muslim Brotherhood figures in the Police Academy, to which he responded saying that it is due purely to security reasons.

The meeting aimed to discuss cases regarding human rights issues in Egypt, including human trafficking and illegal immigration, as well as to develop a comprehensive national strategy to deal with these issues through realistic solutions.

Originally published in Youm7.

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Egypt's army took part in torture and killings during revolution, report shows

Egypt's army took part in torture and killings during revolution, report shows | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Leaked document shines light on crimes including forced disappearances during uprising against Hosni Mubarak.

 

Egypt's armed forces participated in forced disappearances, torture and killings across the country – including in the Egyptian Museum – during the 2011 uprising, even as military leaders publicly declared their neutrality, according to a leaked presidential fact-finding report on revolution-era crimes.

The report, submitted to the president, Mohamed Morsi, by his own hand-picked committee in January, has yet to be made public, but a chapter obtained by the Guardian implicates the military in a catalogue of crimes against civilians, beginning with their first deployment to the streets. The chapter recommends that the government investigate the highest ranks of the armed forces to determine who was responsible.

More than 1,000 people, including many prisoners, are said to have gone missing during the 18 days of the revolt. Scores turned up in Egypt's morgues, shot or bearing signs of torture. Many have simply disappeared, leaving behind desperate families who hope, at best, that their loved ones are serving prison sentences that the government does not acknowledge.

The findings of the high-level investigation, implicating Egypt's powerful and secretive military, will put pressure on Morsi, who assumed power from the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces after his election last June and has declined to prosecute any officers, despite allegations that some participated in abuse.

 

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Les Frères musulmans transforment une mosquée en cellule de torture

ls ont été battus, lacérés à coups de couteaux, spoliés. Dans une vidéo mise en ligne le 24 mars sur Youtube, des Egyptiens racontent le calvaire qu’ils ont vécu vendredi 22 mars. Au cours de cette même journée, sur la colline du Moqattam,  de violents  accrochages avaient éclaté entre les partisans des Frères musulmans et leurs opposants. 

C’est sur cette même colline que les Egyptiens présents dans la vidéo disent avoir été séquestrés et torturés par des membres de la confrérie islamique. Les témoignages concordent sur plusieurs points. Alors qu’ils circulaient en motocyclette, les jeunes hommes ont été arrêtés puis emmenés de force dans la mosquée Bilal.


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Egypte: les coptes en colère exigent justice

Egypte: les coptes en colère exigent justice | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Depuis une semaine, des chrétiens égyptiens furieux bloquent les services de l'ambassade libyenne au Caire.

 

Tout a commencé dimanche 11 mars, lorsque la nouvelle de la mort de Ezzat Hakim Atallah, un chrétien copte égyptien, est arrivée au Caire. Atallah est mort dans les prisons libyennes, torturé à mort, alors qu"il avait été arrêté quelques jours plus tôt sous l'inculpation de prosélytisme. Officiellement décédé à cause de son diabète, l'homme de 45 ans était en prison en compagnie de plusieurs autres chrétiens égyptiens à Benghazi, qui auraient été torturés également.

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En Egypte, l'émotion dans la communauté copte est considérable. Plusieurs dizaines de coptes furieux vont protester devant l'ambassade libyenne du Caire, arrachant la plaque du bâtiment et incendiant le drapeau libyen. Toute la semaine, les protestataires contraignent l'ambassade à fermer ses services pour raisons de sécurité. En réaction, l'église copte de Benghazi est de nouveau attaquée par des salafistes et incendiée. Une telle nouvelle n'a fait qu'augmenter la colère des manifestants égyptiens, malgré les tentatives d'apaisement de l'ambassadeur qui a promis qu'une enquête serait ouverte et les coupables châtiés. 55 Égyptiens coptes sont libérés le vendredi. Las : samedi, l'annonce de l'arrestation de quatre nouveaux coptes en Libye renforce encore la colère des manifestants. L'Union des jeunes de Maspero, un mouvement copte créé suite au massacre de plusieurs dizaines de manifestants chrétiens au Caire l'année dernière, accuse le gouvernement égyptien de ne rien faire pour ses ressortissants chrétiens: "Nous pensons que si notre gouvernement s'occupait sérieusement de nos compatriotes, il enverrait au moins des avocats pour les aider", a ainsi déclaré leur porte parole Beshoy Tamri.

Le pape des coptes lui-même, Tawadros II, a passé l'après-midi de ce dimanche en compagnie de l'ambassadeur libyen au Caire, afin d'obtenir la libération des quatre prisonniers chrétiens. De leur côté, les manifestants continuent de bloquer l'ambassade. (La Vie)

 

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Des centaines d'enfants égyptiens victimes d'incarcérations illégales et de tortures

Des centaines d'enfants égyptiens victimes d'incarcérations illégales et de tortures | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Les prisons égyptiennes se remplissent de mineurs. Des enfants de moins de 15 ans qui, selon la loi, ne devraient pas rester derrière les barreaux avec des détenus adultes. La pratique est pourtant courante depuis plus d’un an en Égypte. Elle s’est amplifiée depuis les manifestations consécutives au deuxième anniversaire de la révolution, le 25 janvier dernier, estiment plusieurs observateurs. (...)

Selon l'organisation internationale de défense des droits de l'Homme, Human Rights Watch, plus de 300 mineurs ont été emprisonnés illégalement en 2012, sans qu'il y ait eu procès. Ces enfants ne sont pas forcément des gamins des rues. (...)

Beaucoup de jeunes adolescents, proches du groupe de supporters des "Ultras" et de celui, plus politique, récemment constitué des "Black Bloc", sont en première ligne des manifestations, rapporte Sonia Dridi. "C’est devenu la nouvelle activité de ces gamins : aller dans les manifs et s’en prendre à la police. Les ‘Ultras’ des stades, qu’ils vénèrent, véhiculent une haine du pouvoir et de la police. Sans oublier qu’ils voient à la maison leurs parents désœuvrés et écœurés par le gouvernement. Mais il ne faut pas faire d’amalgame avec ceux qui provoquent les agressions sexuelles contre les femmes, par exemple."

Selon l’avocat Mostafa el-Alfy, les jeunes sont arrêtés aveuglément, et servent d’alibi : "aucune force de l’ordre n’oserait pénétrer l’avenue Mohamed-Mahmoud [qui mène à la place Tahrir] et arrêter les manifestants au milieu de la foule. En arrêtant des mineurs, ils cherchent à prouver aux yeux des citoyens qu’ils font leur travail, attrapent les criminels et tous ceux qui sèment le chaos dans le pays depuis un an", explique dans une interview au journal "Egypt Independent" cet avocat travaillant pour l’Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights, une association de défense des droits de l’Homme.

 

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New forensic report shows El-Gendy died from torture

New forensic report shows El-Gendy died from torture | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Forensic committee formed by Egyptian prosecutors shows that slain activist Mohamed El-Gendy died from torture, not from a car crash as ministry of interior claimed.

 

A forensic committee stated on Wednesday that the death of activist Mohamed El-Gendy resulted from torture and not from a car accident, as a previous forensic report had asserted.

 

El-Gendy, 28, was a member of opposition group the Egyptian Popular Current.

He was arrested along with several protesters during anti-government rallies that took place on the second anniversary of the January 25 revolution.

Security sources later told Reuters that El-Gendy was taken to a state security camp where he was interrogated and tortured.

However, the interior ministry denied the accusations, saying that El-Gendy was hit by a car on 28 January and taken to Cairo’s Hilal Hospital where he died some days later.

 

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Takeover & Torture: Police brutality levels back to days of dictatorship in Egypt

Egypt's president Mohammed Morsi has called parliamentary elections for April, struggling to calm the ongoing protests and street violence engulfing the country. The opposition's accusing Morsi of backtracking on reform promises and hijacking the revolution. Rights groups are reporting widespread police abuse and torture, resulting in the death and detention of minors. Bel Trew has been investigating for RT.

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Témoignages bouleversants d’enfants torturés en Égypte

Témoignages bouleversants d’enfants torturés en Égypte | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Ils ont entre 12 et 17 ans et ont été victimes de torture par les forces de sécurité égyptiennes. Le site internet d'activistes égyptiens Mosireen a publié le 20 février une vidéo recueillant les témoignages de plusieurs enfants victimes de brutalité pendant leur arrestation et leur détention en prison. La plupart d'entre eux explique avoir été frappés par des officiers avant d’être embarqués dans des bus pour la prison et racontent le traitement dont ils ont été victimes derrière les barreaux.
Zeid Taysin Mohammad Ahmad, 12 ansUn officier a menacé de me couper la gorge avec une dague, il m’a dit que si je ne disais pas la vérité, il me couperait la tête et la jetterait dans la mer, et que personne ne saurait jamais rien." Islam Khaled Eid, 17 ans"Ils nous ont fait descendre du camion et ils ont commencé à nous frapper. Ils nous ont fait asseoir par terre et nous ont enlevé tous nos vêtements. On a attendu là pendant une heure, puis ils ont lancé des seaux d’eau sur nous […] On est resté là pendant quatre jours sans qu’ils nous donnent à manger." France 24Plus : http://observers.france24.com/fr/content/20130222-temoignages-bouleversants-enfants-tortures-egypte-tahrir
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Police used to protect authorities: anti-torture campaign

Police used to protect authorities: anti-torture campaign | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Nation Without Torture campaign stated on Wednesday that the state authorities use the police as a repression tool against citizens.

In a press conference held at the Press Syndicate, the anti-torture campaign hosted a number of victims to share their stories of being subjected to torture by police.

“We displayed different violations practiced by the Ministry of Interior such as torture and abduction,” said Ahmed Al-Masry, Nation Without Torture member. Al-Masry was himself subjected to torture and detention in 2011.

The conference hosted the families of alleged torture victims such including Khaled Said, Essam Atta and Mohamed El-Gendy, all allegedly tortured to death. Said died from torture during Hosni Mubarak’s regime and Atta during the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces’ (SCAF) rule. El-Gendy’s death occurred most recently under Mohamed Morsi’s presidency.

“The campaign offered substitutes for torture that can be used by the police to get confessions out of suspects,” Al-Masry said. “As long as the police resort to torturing suspects, then they don’t have enough evidence to incriminate them.” (Daily news Egypt)

 

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