Rights group urges authorities to stop torture in prison

Saturday 24-05-2014 11:04 AM
Rights group urges authorities to stop torture in prison

Policemen and people walk in front of the main gate of Tora prison, where former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli are held at, in the outskirts of Cairo June 4, 2012. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh


CAIRO, May 23 (Aswat Masriya) - A rights group has condemned what it called "enforced disappearance and torture" that has been ongoing at a prison in Ismailia.

The group called for immediate investigations in these incidents.

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and the Nadeem Center jointly expressed their worry over the rising number of enforced disappearances and the torture of individuals suspected of committing political violence crimes.

In a statement posted on the initiative's website, the two groups denounced the continued detention of civilians in the Azouli Prison in Ismailia for long periods of time. 

These detainees are interrogated with no lawyers present, the statement said.

Azouli is a military prison inside al-Galaa military camp in Ismailia where military personnel are held according to military law.

Amnesty International issued a report on Thursday saying that Egyptian lawyers and activists have a list of at least 30 civilians who are being held captives inside the prison.

"These are practices associated with the darkest hours of military and Mubarak’s rule. Egypt’s military cannot run roughshod over detainees’ rights like this," said Hassiba Hadj-Sahraoui, Middle East and North Africa Programme Deputy Director at Amnesty International. 

facebook comments