Egypt's interior ministry issues 'constitutional booklet' to police officers

Ahram Online , Friday 10 Jul 2015

The booklet, issued to all officers, contains constitutional articles relevant to police work

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Egypt's police officers (Photo: Reuters)

The Egyptian Ministry of Interior has issued a booklet to all police officers outlining certain duties and civilian rights granted by the constitution.

The booklet, named "The constitutional regulations for security performance," will help security elements in performing their "noble role" with full commitment to constitutional legitimacy, the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

"Brothers and sons…There is no doubt that the constitution is the main foundation that describes the framework of the state and its ruling system, while also determining the rights and freedoms of the individual," Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar wrote in the booklet's introduction.

"Thus, the ministry took the initiative to outline the most important constitutional articles related to all aspects of security codes in order to help you achieve your noble goals and pay respect  to the rights and freedoms of the citizens," the minster added.  

Copies of the book and details of its contents have not been released to the public.

Egypt's constitution, which was passed through a public referendum in January 2014, includes three main security-related articles which regulate the way police officers perform their duties.

Article 54 stipulates that no citizen can be stopped or detained by security without a judicial permit arrest order, while Article 55 states that any detained or arrested citizen must be treated in a dignified manner and cannot be tortured, threatened, or harmed, mentally or physically, and must be detained in decent and sanitary facilities.

Article 56 stipulates that all prisons must be under judicial supervision and all detention facilities must be committed to human dignity.

Rights groups have alleged that the Ministry of Interior regularly violates these provisions, citing reports of torture and illegal detention.

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