NGO cites cases of torture, rape of anti-coup detainees

"More than 270 cases of torture have been registered in March," the Egyptian Observatory for Rights and Freedoms said in a statement.

NGO cites cases of torture, rape of anti-coup detainees

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A human rights group has documented more than 270 cases of torture and three rape cases against detained anti-cpup activists in March.

"More than 270 cases of torture have been registered in March," the Egyptian Observatory for Rights and Freedoms said in a statement.

"There were also 27 cases of sexual harassment against women detainees and three cases of male rape inside detention facilities," it added.

The rights body expressed concern over what it described as the maltreatment of detainees, particularly students, by the military-backed authorities.

The statement cited the testimony of the mother of a 19-year old Al-Azhar University student about his alleged rape by police officers.

"He was badly beaten, tortured with electric shocks in sensitive body parts and was subject to sexual violations by the officers," his mother said.

But a security source denied the allegations.

"We are seeking to apply law to all," the source said, denying claims of discriminating against certain detainees, particularly those of the Muslim Brotherhood.

"Whoever has a complaint should file it with the public prosecution," the source said.

Egypt's military-backed authorities have launched a massive crackdown on supporters of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood group since the Islamist leader's ouster by the military last July.

In the almost ten months since Morsi's ouster, thousands of the groups' members and sympathizers have been arrested.

Last Mod: 12 Nisan 2014, 13:16
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