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Parliament’s Human Rights to set up CD on prisons inspection visits to respond to torture allegation 

The committee will further release detailed report on these visits that started in mid September


Parliament’s Human Rights Committee announced on Monday setting up a CD to include results of recent visits conducted to police station and prisons to check conditions.

The committee has made a number of visits to police station and prisoners in different areas of the country, following report published by Human Rights Watch, American Non-Governmental Organization, claiming reported systematic torture to prisoners.

The CD will prepared in different languages to be distributed to foreign embassies in Cairo, as well as foreign parliament’s and NGOS.

US congress will be among the institution that will receive the CD, particularly that it recently in August has decided “ to deny Egypt $95.7million in aid and to delay a further $195 million because of its failure to make progress on respecting human rights and democratic norms.”

 

The committee members met with prisoners mainly those arrested in terrorist cases and discussed their conditions, in which their testimonies included denies for torture or any violations, and that they there being well treated by policemen in accordance to constitution and prisons regulation, Alaa said in press statements.

He also added that the visits showed that the prisoners are receiving proper medical services, clean food, and allowed to continue education, practice sports and being trained to perform certain activities in Industrial, commercial, technical fields.

A detailed report will be prepared about the committee visits that started in mid September to different prisoner across the nation. Since the beginning of the visit, photos for the prisons were circulated on Social media platforms showing the prisoners reading book in libraries, kitchens of the prisons stuffed with clean food, and others that all indicated good conditions to respond to the poor conditions claims.

HRW report has stirred anger among government institutions, pro-state media and public figures, all rejecting torture claims and accusing HRW of lies, inaccuracy and implementation of a pro-Muslim Brotherhood agenda.

Throughout the past period, rights groups have complained that prisoners are being subjected to torture, receive poor services and suffering health negligence. The Ministry of Interior has denied these allegation is several occasions and commented on police brutality cases as individuals behaviors that doesn’t represent the ministry as a whole.

Previously, the state-funded National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) was concerned with conducting such visits but had to await the approval of the Ministry of Interior, which meant rather than surprise visits, the visits were plannned. The council had sometimes reported violations in prisons but repeatedly denied systematic torture practices.

HRW report has stirred anger among government institutions, pro-state media and public figures, all rejecting torture claims and accusing HRW of lies, inaccuracy and implementation of a pro-Muslim Brotherhood agenda.

 

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