Egypt rights agency demands instant investigation into Mubarak regime torture cases

Ahram Online, Thursday 22 Aug 2013

On the heels of Mubarak's release pending investigations, the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights calls for immediate investigation into violations of human rights committed under his regime

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) issued a communiqué to the prosecutor-general Thursday morning demanding the immediate investigation of the "cases of torture, mistreatment and abuses to the right to life committed under Mubarak's regime and previously reported by the organization".

In a statement issued by the group the same day, Hafez Abu Seada, head of EOHR stressed that "The brutal crimes committed against the youth who took part in the 25 January Revolution -- which included the intentional killing of protesters or the injuring of others as a direct or indirect result of violent dispersals of the demonstrations must be looked into and thoroughly investigated -- especially that abundant evidence exists."

This statement comes amid a fury of reactions to the Egyptian court's decision on Wednesday to release Mubarak pending investigations in Al-Ahram's gifts case. Mubarak is now to leave prison but will stay under house arrest, according to emergency law, as decided by Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi.

"Cases of torture, mistreatment and abuses of the right to life have long been condemned by international declarations concerned with human rights as well as national declarations," stated Abu Seada. "Mubarak should be interrogated about such abuses, since he served as head of the Supreme Council for Police, as [should] former interior minister Habib El-Adly," the statement declared.

At present, Mubarak is being retried in a case for accusations of involvement in the killing of over 800 Egyptian protesters during the 25 January Revolution, where he had received a life sentence in prison in the first trial.

"Egyptians have been prone to such violations throughout the past decades" added Abu Seada. "Egyptian civil society seeks to bring the long history of torture which has taken its toll on society to a final halt. Crippling the power of such crimes entails amending Egyptian legislation by placing harsh punishments on those who commit them against any citizen," stated Abu Seada.

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights was founded in 1985. It is one of the earliest organizations to have worked on human rights and has continuously sought to implement important universal and national declarations by reporting cases of abuse for the past 25 years.

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