The Egyptian authorities continue violating human rights in all its forms. Not only are there arbitrary arrests without warrants but the brutal torture has become the norm as police, systematically electrocute, beat and drag the detainees among other atrocities inside police stations and detention centres.
Human Rights Monitor has documented many cases of periodical and systematic tortures within police headquarters and detention centres which have ended in death as a result of the torture. The latest recorded incidents include three deaths reported last Sunday and Tuesday inside the Matareya Police Station.
The first victim one Mustafa Ibrahim Mahmoud a 21 year old 4th year IT student, died Sunday, February 22 at the Matareya Police Station after being brutally tortured. Mustafa was electrocuted and hung for 8 hours and bled to death dying instantly when he arrived to the hospital.
The 2nd victim Karim Hamdy Mohamed Ibrahim was a 28 year old lawyer who was also tortured. His lawyer had reported to the prosecutor general that Karim was being tortured and asked for an investigation however his appeal was ignored and he was taken back to his cell after he was charged with illegal protesting and road blocking. Karim's hearing was postponed and he was tortured further in an effort to secure confessions. Karim was viciously and revengefully tortured by police officials and on February 24th, he breathed his last breath.
According to Karim's family there was evidence and bruises on his body indicating that he died as a result of the torture by Matareya policemen. A report was submitted to prosecutor general Hesham Barakat urging investigation of Karim's death.
The third victim Ahmed Mohamed Alattar 42 from Shubra Alkheima also died in Matareya. The electrician was arrested in Cairo following a protest on January 30, 2015 and taken to Matareya Police Station. Ahmed fell victim to daily torturing and his family learnt of his death two days ago after a policeman phoned to inform them. His family also confirmed to HRM that there was evidence of torture on his body when they visited him during his detention.
The rashness by authorities and death during detention of civilians clearly indicates the complete disregard of authorities to the sanctity of human life. The continued and increasing torture in detention centres reveals the systematic policy adopted by police with violation of human rights as opposed to their protection ratified by international and national conventions stipulated in article 52 of the Egyptian constitution which criminalizes torture.
The Egyptian authorities have also violated the international convention regarding the civilian and political rights as stipulated in article 6 the right to live.
It also violated article 7 in the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment ratified by Egypt in 1986 which criminalizes any form of torture for confessions to be used in trials.
HRM calls on the UN and the international committee to send an envoy to inspect prisons, detention centres and police stations and to investigate the deaths of over 200 detainees as a result of systematic torture and to bring forward those responsible for accountability.
Furthermore HRM urges the Egyptian authorities to commit to the International laws and conventions with regards to the treatment of detainees and holds them fully responsible for the lives and wellbeing of the detainees incarcerated.