TIMEP Brief: Torture in Egyptian Detention Centers

Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy
Author(s): Unknown

Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/timep-brief-torture-in-egyptian-detention-centers/

  • The use of torture in police and military prisons and detention centers has been thoroughly documented by rights groups in Egypt, despite government claims that the use of torture is rare. Since 2011, the number of cases seems to have increased, suggesting that the practice is becoming more systemic.
  • Because of the sensitivity associated with such cases, exact figures are difficult to verify. However, between June 2014 and January 1, 2016, there were at least 915 documented cases of torture, 116 cases of group torture, and dozens of deaths resulting from torture. In 2016, there were at least 535 documented cases. It is more difficult to document cases of torture in secret detention, but estimates are in the “hundreds.”

Overall Situation:

Cases of alleged torture are quite frequent in Egypt’s prisons and police stations. Documented reports describe brutal beatings, sexual abuse, electrocution, and hangings during prison time or pretrial detention periods. In 2014, multiple leaks of video footage provided further evidence of torture and sexual harassment of both male and female detainees, who were subjected to electric shocks, beating, hangings, and rape. Since then, cases continue to be reported regularly….

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