On 8 March 2014, Human Rights Monitor (HRM) and Insaniya Foundation organised an
international press conference in Turkey marking the International Women's Day and highlighting the human rights violations suffered by Egyptian women.
While the whole world celebrate the International Women's Day, the day in which women are appreciated and honoured; thousands of Egyptian women suffer grave human rights violations at the hands of the current authorities.
They are being killed, arrested, disappeared, tortured in prisons, sexually harassed and raped.
Salma Ashraf, Head of HRM Egypt office and Hozaifa Fattouh, Head of Documentations Department at Insaniya Foundation, discussed numerous cases of human rights violations which they treated at the UN including cases of extrajudicial executions, arbitrary detention, torture and rape.
Statistics gathered by researchers showed that the number of women killed at the hands of military forces and security forces since 3 July 2013 are 73 women including three minors. While the number of those arrested reached 1500 including 43 minors, those injured 1314 and 8 women have been disappeared.
Reports prepared by the organisation which documented all the violations committed against women including discrimination and deprivation of their right to demonstration and the right to freedom of expression were discussed.
During the conference, videos of violations committed against women, including random killing and arrests and torture were viewed.
Finally, the organisations gave their recommendations and urged the Egyptian government to abstain from the use of live ammunitions and lethal weapons against the peaceful protesters and called for the immediate release of all political prisoners and for providing them with adequate compensation.
HRM and Insaniya also urged the UN to conduct an urgent fact-finding mission in Egypt and to issue its report with the findings as soon as possible. They also called the UN to take appropriate actions to bring perpetrators of crimes against humanity to justice.