Human Rights Monitor received an appeal from the family of one Karim Mohamed Amin Mohamed Rostom 26, which confirmed he was continually tortured and pressured to confess to crimes after he was arbitrarily arrested as authorities continue to use torture and blackmail against political detainees for confessions.
Karim was one such case proving these violations. He was arrested December 24 2013, after police and military forces stormed his home in Madinet Nasr and damaged its contents stealing in the process. He was brutally beaten in detention in Cairo a clear violation by the Egyptian authorities the international convention for civil and political rights.
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Karim's family which lives in Arish stated that they had no information regarding his wellbeing during the 3 months of his detention in the notorious Ghazouly Military Prison. They learnt later that he was tortured during his detention and was electrocuted on various body parts; He was also hung from the ceiling for long hours to confess to belonging to an outlawed terrorist group. A clear violation of article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, both of which provide that no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
HRM condemns all forms of torture used by the authorities against opposition stressing its escalation is cause for concern and condemns the violations against Karim a Mass communication graduate from Sinai . Karim was stripped of his clothes and hosed with freezing water during the cold winter monthsin addition to threats of arresting his family as a result of his torture he has lost use of his left hand after being hung up for long hours.
His family learnt that he was accused of belonging to the Bayt el Maqdas group, burning police stations and the killing of an officer after being brought before prosecution in Madinet Nasr in March in case number 423 after three months without legal support for his detention simply for being a Sinai resident.
HRM decries the torture he faced for a third time at the security headquarters during investigation in an effort to force him to sign confessions to accusations leveled against him with no guarantees of a fair and transparent trial or meeting of a lawyer. He was detained in the high security prison in Tora pending investigation despite his poor health. HRM also condemns the authorities laid back attitude regarding such violations in the prisons completely neglecting appeals to investigate such infringements.
HRM urges an immediate an independent investigation and accountability for those responsible for violations against Karim Amin and calls on the UN and the international community to send a fact finding committee to inspect the prisons in Egypt and a retrial under a just and trustworthy supreme court to guarantee integrity and justice. Furthermore it demands the immediate release once he is proven innocent.
Lastly HRM expresses its concern regarding human rights deteriorating status in Egypt and calls on authorities to commit to the international convention against torture and to respect its stipulated articles for civil and political rights ratified by Egypt.