Egyptian rights organizations ask revolutionaries to protect 'thugs' rights

DPA, Thursday 14 Jul 2011

Nine Human rights organizations condemn torture for any citizen, even those who disrupt protests

Nine human rights organizations called on Tahrir Square revolutionaries to respect the dignity and the humanity of “thugs” they arrest in the square, even as they try to interfere within demonstrators.

“The reaction of some revolutionaries on some thugs was so disturbing to us, it could be described as torture in some cases,” according to a press statement released by the nine rights organizations.

This came in response to what took place in Tahrir Sqaure this week as some revolutionists arrested men they called “thugs,” attacked them and hung one of them from a light stand.

The rights organizations reminded the revolutionaries that the revolution’s main demands were freedom, social justice and dignity to all Egyptians, which involves fair trial’s for any citizen free of all kinds of torture even in the case of thieves or thugs.

“As all revolutionaries agreed on banning sending civilians to military trials because they are against any type of torture, they should not be engaging in it themselves,” according to the statement.

Among the nine organizations signed onto this statement are Hisham Mubarak Law Center, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI).

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