HRW accuses Egypt police of torturing detained children
Human Rights Watch accused Egyptian police of detaining and torturing 20 people, including children
Human Rights Watch accused Egyptian police on Thursday of detaining and torturing 20 people, including eight children, saying there was a pattern of abuse in the North African country.
The New York-based group said in a report that six people arrested in the coastal city of Alexandria in February had reported to relatives that they were tortured with electric shocks and beatings.
They had been accused of protesting without a permit, vandalism and arson, and joining an illegal group.
A police official told AFP that the allegation in the report “was illogical and clearly fabricated.”
HRW said that police had initially refused to admit they were holding the detainees for more than a week.
When the detainees appeared in court a week later, police said in a report to the prosecutor they had just been arrested.
“Some Egyptian officials have disappeared children and apparently tortured them, then faked arrest records to cover it up,” the report quoted HRW’s children’s rights director Zama Coursen-Neff as saying.
“The authorities have turned a blind eye to the reports of abuse and refused to investigate.”
It said six of the detainees told relatives they were suspended by their arms, electrocuted in the genitals and punched.
They had been arrested after an alleged arson attack on a police vehicle and a garage.
“The arrests fit a wider pattern of abuse and violations by officers of the Interior Ministry’s National Security Agency,” the report said.
Egypt minister apologizes over police abusesEgypt's interior minister apologized Monday for human rights abuses committed by police after a policeman killed a driver with his service weapon in ... Middle East
Egypt doctors revolt against police abusesWhen a doctor at a Cairo hospital told a police officer that his cut didn't require stitches, the response was startling and brutal Middle East
Sisi defends Egypt police, recognizes rights abusesA crackdown overseen by Sisi against supporters of his predecessor Mohamed Mursi has left hundreds dead Middle East
Mondelez abuses worker rights in Egypt, Tunisia, unions sayGlobal food giant Mondelez is seriously violating the right of workers to organize in Egypt and Tunisia, unions said Friday, lamenting that the ... Economy
Prosecutor-general denies Egypt army abuse allegationsA report by an Egyptian fact-finding mission does not contain any evidence that the military committed human rights abuses against protesters during ... Middle East
Egypt’s Mursi, top general deny army abuse claimWith the Islamist president by his side, Egypt’s army chief warned against slandering the military, denying in remarks broadcast Friday that the ... Middle East
Egypt opposition calls for protest against presidential ‘abuse’The opposition National Salvation Front called for a peaceful demonstration in front of Egypt’s Supreme Court on Friday, under the banner &ldquo ... Middle East
Egypt’s minister of culture resigns over police abuse: mediaEgypt’s Culture Minister Mohammed Saber Arab resigned on Monday after police were filmed beating and dragging a naked man during clashes outside ... News