Amnesty: agypt police brutal as under mubarak

Amnesty: agypt police brutal as under mubarak

This is the conclusion of a report published tuesday in cairo by the international human rights organization amnesty international on violence by police officers and soldiers.

It says president mohammed mursi and the new government had so far done nothing about the widespread mistreatment of protesters and detainees. The human rights activists also give a poor report card to the supreme military council, which took over power for 16 months after mubarak’s forced resignation in february 2011.

The report gives examples of protesters who were electrocuted and sexually humiliated. Police and soldiers had responded to protests with "excessive force" on several occasions, it says. By doing so, they had provoked the death of dozens of demonstrators, denounces amnesty.

In some cases, live ammunition was fired into the crowd. There is also talk of unacceptable use of transgenic gas. Thousands of people have also been cited for unfair trials in military courts, the report says.

The organization reminds the new agyptian leadership, which is dominated by the islamist parties, of its historical responsibility. One of the organizers of the so-called agyptian revolution on 25 june. January had been the death of chaled said from alexandria. Young man beaten to death by two corrupt police officers.

Amnesty international calls for fundamental reforms to gradually restore trust in the security apparatus. International human rights standards had to be incorporated into police training. According to amnesty, even today, police officers and soldiers do not usually face harsh punishments when they arbitrarily attack or mistreat civilians.

The whole disenchantment of a generation that had hoped that a new, better age would dawn after mubarak’s fall is expressed in the comments of a torture victim interviewed by amnesty. Islam mustafa abu bakr (19) said: "how can they humiliate us like this, and then they get away with it, after all we did during the revolution to make this country better?." Abu bakr was charged for his participation in the protests in front of the cabinet building in december 2011.

Mursi has promised reform of the police apparatus. But this has been a long time coming. However, the president does not have to fear criticism from those egyptians who are tired of the protests and believe that the police must "crack down" in order to restore security in the country.

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