Egypt: AOHR Discusses Prison Torture Crimes Before Parliament

The Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR)has expressed reservations about the Egyptian anti-terrorism law. Mohammad Fayek, the General Secretary of the Arab Organization for Human Rights emphasized before human rights committee at people’s assembly on Sunday 28/5/2006 that the emergency law could not be replaced with a more permanent law. He added that such a law represents a threat to human rights.

Fayek referred to 1992 “anti-terrorism” amendments to Egypt’s penal code and warned that this law will have dire consequences on human rights and will be resisted by all people. He added that Torture is still practiced in police stations and detention centers; it has resulted in 14 victims last year and thee are still more seven people detained without any reason up to now.

He called for ending the crisis of those imprisoned without trial and those who finished the jail term, in order to maintain their human rights. He added that the national unity can be achieved only through respecting human rights, not through suppression and violence. Moreover, the increasing exchange of accusations can result in rifts in national unity.

He stressed on the dire necessity of ending emergency state in Egypt clarifying that emergency law cannot combat terrorism; rather it intensifies terrorism especially when people have a feel of humiliation. He criticized the intense deployment of about three thousands of central security forces in city center during the judges’ crisis adding that this measure does not reflect any stability.

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