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Human rights 'cornerstone' of Egyptian police: Minister

Egypt's interior ministry says the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be distributed among security personnel in a bid to enhance police respect for 'human rights values'

Ahram Online , Sunday 14 Dec 2014
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Riot police take their positions as protesters and activists called for demonstrations on the third anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud violent clashes in central Cairo November 19, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's interior ministry will hand copies of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the country's policemen in a bid to reassert "police respect for human rights and the safeguarding of dignity."

The move to promote the global human rights document coincides with the Human Rights Day, marked around the world 10 December.

"Respecting and preserving these rights is the basic building block of the ministry's current security polices," Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim was quoted as saying by state-run news agency MENA.

MENA added that the "unprecedented" step stems from the "new policy and trends" of Egypt's security apparatus that "aims to uphold the values and concepts of human rights."

Egyptian security forces have long been reviled for human rights abuses and violence. Police brutality helped ignite the 2011 revolt that swept long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak from power. Overhauling the notorious security apparatus has been a longstanding demand among activists.

But since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, the police have been lionised by local media and the press as the guardians of the nation in the "war against terrorism," with Islamists the subject of a relentless state crackdown.  

Late last week, Al-Watan daily said in an exclusive report that 90 people have died at police stations in Cairo and Giza over the past 11 months, citing medical data from the country's official forensic body.

Head of the Forensic Authority Hisham Abdel Hamid acknowledged that at least two of the deaths were caused by torture, while attributing the rest of the cases to "health problems and poor ventilation" at places of detention.

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expat
15-12-2014 07:18pm
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nice move,but it would be enough to implement for once sharia and to cut every briding hand/as well as the once bribed
as its obvious,that you can solve EVERY problem with any of the officers,if they get some free-dinner/flat/house money its just as everywhere in africa,the guys only partly understand,that they represent a state and not their village/tribe therefore they dont reflect on the image,they give as bribe taking officials
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Anwar Wagdi, Imbaba
14-12-2014 10:53pm
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Sissi gang has no credibility
The criminal junta of Sissi can not be trusted to tell the truth or entrusted to do the right thing. They deceive western officials by invoking human rights. However, as soon as these officials leave the airport, the Egyptian Ministry of interior tells its thugs to behave as they always do, rape women, murder innocent people, torture innocent detainees....and not worry about punishment by the state.
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Juma
14-12-2014 09:03pm
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Lol
Where were this minister when Egypt police and security was killing thousand people al adavia? Where were human right? Where was uno? Who killed how killed? Who know ? Only sisi
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Allen
14-12-2014 10:23pm
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Shakespeare
I am surprised you did not post as Kahn as well as juma, as you usually do. When terrorists do not obey the law of the land and form an armed resistance camp in a place of worship they elect the consequences. No one finds the clean up of terrorists a crime, or a loss except terrorists themselves.
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