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Egypt's interior ministry designates contacts for complaints over human rights abuses

The interior ministry initiative comes amid the Eid holiday, where in recent years harassment against women has spiked

Ahram Online , Thursday 7 Jul 2016
A riot police walks in front of the Interior Ministry headquarters in Cairo (Reuters)
A riot police walks in front of the Interior Ministry headquarters in Cairo (Reuters)
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Egypt’s interior ministry has designated phone numbers and an email address to receive complaints from citizens over crimes related to human rights and violence against women.

“This comes in the framework of the interior minister’s keenness to communicate with citizens and preserve their rights and not compromise personal freedoms, as well as enforcing the law on everyone without any exception,” an interior ministry statement read.

The interior ministry has been deploying female police officers on the streets to confront sexual harassment during Eid festivities, where reports of sexual harassment in crowded areas rise during the three-day holiday.

Sexual harassment was criminalised in 2014. The law imposes jail terms of no less than six months and/or fines of EGP 3,000 to EGP 5,000 (roughly $338 to $563) on those who are found guilty of sexual harassment in public or private places.

The ministry's human rights department provided the email address of [email protected] to follow up on crimes involving violence against women.  

For human rights complaints, the department provided the email address of [email protected] and these phone number (01126977222 - 01126977333 - 01126977444).  

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