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Egyptian police torture 88, kill 34 under President Morsi: Rights report
Cairo-based rights outfit cites over 200 cases of police brutality - including killings, torture and kidnappings - during President Morsi's first 100 days in office
Ahram Online , Monday 15 Oct 2012
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Confidence in Egypt's police has been erased by years of impunity and disregard for the rights of the people they are meant to protect (Photo: Reuters)

In a recent report published by the Cairo-based Nadim Centre for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims, 34 cases of death, 88 cases of torture, and seven cases of sexual assault at the hands of Egyptian police were recorded during Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's first 100 days in office.

In the time period cited, the report recorded a total of over 247 cases of alleged police brutality.

The report states that at least 34 people were killed by police in police stations, prisons and in public areas. According to the report, the killings were generally the result of live ammunition used to disperse protesters.

The report also cites 88 cases of torture by police. The seven people that the report alleges were sexually assaulted by police during interrogation include a young man who filed a legal complaint against a police officer and was later threatened and subject to torture.

More than eight cases of the kidnapping of political activists were also recorded, several of whom were also allegedly subject to torture and abuse.

At least ten sit-ins were also reported to have been dispersed by force during Morsi's first 100 days as president, along with several cases of arbitrary arrest as was most recently seen during the 17 September Nile University sit-in.

Approximately ten police raids on homes and private property were also recorded by the centre, the most famous of which was a police raid in early August on shack dwellers behind the Nile Towers in downtown Cairo.

Since last year's revolution, protesters have reiterated demands for the reform of Egypt's police force and the elimination of all forms of police torture and abuse, which had been widespread under the regime of ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

Magda Adli, director of El-Nadim centre believes the police torture tactics have not changed since Egypt's 25 January revolution. "On the contrary, there is a retaliation attitude used by the police while torturing activists. However, authorities continue to deny any torture is being used," said Adli who believes that this reflects that there is "no difference between the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party and Mubarak's ruling National Democratic Party."

Despite an increased police presence on Egypt's streets during Morsi's first 100 days, critics have continued to blame the ministry of interior for a perceived lack of will to provide adequate police training.

In its report, the Nadim Centre further criticised the "safe exit" given to the perpetrators of violence towards demonstrators, including former heads of Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Hussein Tantawi and Sami Anan.



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mumby
08-11-2012 05:23pm
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Be realistic
Morsi has heritaged military and police from Old regime.It is not easy to manage this in short.If he mismanage, military and police could not respect President,If this happen President has no power.To tackle abuse of M n police,they need to trained,educated. US and Britain have been tortured prisoner in Iraq,Afghanistan and Guantanamo. Us n British military have immunity.its mean they above law and order.
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Mohamed
04-11-2012 02:08pm
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Violations and torture
Egyptian national security, it will never ever stop violations and torture we should all know that. The most logic way that we relieve them and start learn the new generation the meaning of Human Rights.
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Hesham Agag
28-10-2012 01:17pm
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few were questioned
About 840 revoultionaries were killed by Egyptian security personal(army+police) during the revolution but only 3 police officers and military medic were brought to justice and sentenced It is clear there is a DEAL between MR President and army generals it is POWER for SAFE EXIT No wonder that torture and all human right abuses will continue due to lack of justice
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pro-prisoners' human rights protection
22-10-2012 05:19am
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alleged torture of 88/killings/kidnappings,during President Morsi's first 100 days
If these reports are true - and they doubtless are true - then President Morsi will have to reform the Ministry of Interior and the Police Force.
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Lars Bonnevie
20-10-2012 06:28pm
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New era?
The Question is whether the perpetrators will be brought to book or the prevailing system of impunity upheld.
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mumby
16-10-2012 05:49pm
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Human right
Sometimes human right report enlarge the real fact.Don't take much on human right report.US's,Israel's and Uk's custody have torture as well.They just ignore human right report.They use human right report to serve their political agendas
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Nasser
20-10-2012 12:58am
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Human rights
You are justifing the torture in Egypt now and after the revolution?? Its never acceptable never, If their was one case of torture by American police against a US citizen just one case of Torture it would be all over the world news and the police men would go to jail, you must be dreaming, America has a constitution that protects its people against the government, not like you
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Nora
16-10-2012 05:28am
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Check the source
Given the fact that Morsi and the MB have been the subject of torture and imprisonment, I really have hard time believing the results of this report. We need the data, if accurate, to be sent to the Attorney General for a due process. Human rights are universal shared values i.e. the left has no monopoly on it. MB are not the monsters that the left wants us to see. I join Ahmed question for Mubarak's record on human rights.
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Sam
30-10-2012 05:57pm
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Nora
Hey Nora, do you really think there a diferance in the way the public is treated since Mubarek to the present, i think brutality has increased since the MB been in power, there is no justice in Egypt.
A.K.
16-10-2012 02:03pm
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Dear Nora,
In my comment below, I did not blame the MB, the left, the President or any other party. However, the ultimate responsibility for what happened stays with the President and the Government. They can wait for Nadim Centre to submit the report to the Attorney General for investigation or they can act now and prevent this disaster from happening again by putting in place the necessary measures to protect the public from these repeated police/security forces brutality. In democratic countries, an independent commission will be setup to investigate and publish the truth based on which the President will act.
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Sam
16-10-2012 03:13am
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Mubarak produces such kind of police, long ago...with higher statistics
The new president will eventually ROOT OUT all these happy triggers, police forces who abuse power vested in them. We'll see how long they can survive doing injustice to their own people...Their time will come, soon.
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Ahmed Rabie
15-10-2012 08:27pm
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The press is freer
Could Alahram have have said the Mubarak had many killed in custody? The press is almost free now, and yes president Morsi should do more and protect people in custody. A question that the media (maybe Alahram) should ask Morsi: What dis you see or learn in the US that you would like to introduce in Egypt! We need positive change.
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Ahmed Rabie
15-10-2012 03:39pm
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The press is freer
Could Alahram have have said the Mubarak had many killed in custody? The press is almost free now, and yes president Morsi should do more and protect people in custody. A question that the media (maybe Alahram) should ask Morsi: What dis you see or learn in the US that you would like to introduce in Egypt! We need positive change.
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