Human rights center report: Torture in Egypt is a policy
|Wednesday, January 16,2008 14:40|
|By Mohamed ismail|
Nadeem Center for Psychological Therapy and Rehabilitation of the Victims of Violence issued its third report titled "Torture in Egypt: a State Policy" in which the center dealt with the organized torture and violence committed by the police between 2003 and 2006.
The report states that such period is the period in which political motion in Egypt started calling for democracy and justice, however, it is also the same period in which torture and despotism of the Egyptian government were grossly aggravated against the citizens" Right of Freedom of Speech, Gathering, and Demonstration. Moreover, torture in the police stations, state security offices, the security offices in the metro stations and universities, and even in the streets became so violent and savage.
The 137- pages report included some incidents which witnessed by the center itself, due to the fact that, the victims came to the center or the center went to them to cover the events. The center itself is one of the victims of such events.
In this report, the first chapter has covered the statements of police torture victims who were directly spoke to the center. The victims were from several regions and districts in Egypt: the statements were taken from the victims who were tortured in Hilwan, As-Syadah Zainab, Kasr An-Neel, Abu An-Numurus, Al-Warraq, Mashtoul As-Souq, Al-Muntazah, Bab Sharq in Alexandria, Kafr Saqr, Dikirnis, As-Saff, and Minya Al-Kamh. Indeed, it is a sound proof that the torture map is the same one of the state.
The second chapter includes some statements for the people who were survived after entering the state security offices in Jabir Ibn Hayyan and Lazoghly. The statements lack the narrations of Ashraf Sa`eed Yusuf, Akram, Abdul Aziz Sabri, Muhammad As-Sayed Najm, Muhammad Suleiman Yusuf, Muhammad Abdul Sattar Ar-Rubi, Muhammad Abdul Qadir As-Sayed, and Mus"ad Sayed Muhammad Qutb killed in such fortified slaughter houses by the emergency laws and the ignored files presented to the attorney general.
The third chapter presents some documents to attest to the crimes of the Egyptian Ministry of Interior in Sarandow village where the police forces used their power and tyranny to expel the poor farmers from their lands. The invasion continued for many weeks and resulted in the murder of Nafisa Al-Marakbi; a mother with two kids. Such poor woman were detained, her veil was stripped, was mocked due to her black skin, was assailed and improper advances were made against her. It is worthy mentioning that Nafisa Al-Marakbi had no lands to be expelled.
The fourth chapter includes many stories from Al-Areesh and Sheikh Zayed towns which were attacked by security forces in 2004. The attack resulted in the death of 300 detained and the capture of dozens of women as hostages till the surrender of their husbands. It also includes some statements for some persons who left the detention camps. Actually, we have met them face to face to find them unable to move due to the beating, hanging, and electric shocks.
The following chapters cover the violent events mutually committed by the police who excluded no class in the society or a place in the country. Indeed, they are the chapters narrating the imprisonments and torture happened after the demos against the American invasion of Iraq and after supporting the judges in their uprising for independence. They also present the statements of the women to whom the improper advances were made in Cairo streets during the daytime after their participation in refusing the referendum farce made by the leading party with regard to the constitutional amendments which aimed at nothing but to keep the conditions stagnant in the country in order to prepare the atmosphere of the succession scheme.
The chapters also attest to the massacres that were happened during the parliamentary elections in 2005 which resulted in the murder of ten citizens at least. On the other hand, the state considered such election the most impartial parliamentary elections since many years. Afterwards, the last chapter comes to narrate the same massacre happened in 2005 to the Sudanese refugees in Mustafa Mahmoud square which resulted in the death of thirty Sudanese refugees at least including kids. They were killed by the assailing and beating under the foot of the Egyptian police forces in front of the high legation of refugees. The story was issued in an independent booklet
The report ends with two lists: the first carries the names of those who entered the police stations and left them towards the graves, but it includes not the names of the persons killed during the past three months whether drowned, beaten, burnt, or thrown from the upstairs. The report ended at 2006 and did not mentioned Nassir Seddeeq Jad, the kid called Muhammad Mamdouh, Yahya Muhammad Nasr Abu Sibeah, or Ahmad As-Sayed Abdul Fahim, or many others who were killed by the police during 2007. The last one was Emad Hamdi Abdul Mun`em, 31 years old; a husband and a father of a female kid who is not more than two months. Such man was killed in the Al-Umraniyya police station since three days only.
The second list carries the names of the officers and lacks the names of policemen and the informants whose names were mentioned in the statements of victims and in the investigations of the public prosecution. Indeed, it is the list of those accused of torture and we publicly issue it to the public opinion, the Egyptian Ministry of Interior, the attorney general, and the international society in a hope to find the involved persons and punish them according to the rules and laws of justice. If not to day, let it be done tomorrow; because the crimes of torture in no way lapse like their wounds.
Prof: Aida Saif Ad-Dawlah, the center’s CEO, described the report as: discussing many violations taken place during the last four years and it is the time to be released by the center.