People hate torture regimes. You think the people over there didn’t care that their neighbors and family members were scooped up and tortured, even killed? Of course they did. And now all that pent-up rage is being released:
Human rights group Amnesty International has released a highly critical report on Egypt’s record on torture and illegal detention.
The issue was recently highlighted by the emergence of mobile phone film of policemen raping a man with a stick.
The report says Egypt has become an international centre for interrogation and torture on behalf of other states as part of the “war on terror”.
There was no immediate reaction from the Egyptian government.
Egyptian officials have in the past denied that torture is systematically practised in the country.
The AI report calls for other countries to abandon “no torture” deals with Egypt.
Under such deals governments, including the UK’s, deport suspects to Cairo having been assured by Egyptian authorities that the suspect will not suffer torture.
“A ‘no torture’ deal with Egypt would not be worth the paper it was written on, and rather than bargain over illegal detention and torture the UK should unequivocally condemn torture in Egypt,” UK director of AI, Kate Allen, said.
The report says that many violations occur within the context of domestic and international security operations.
In 2005, Egypt’s prime minister acknowledged that since 2001 the USA had transferred some 60-70 detainees to Egypt as part of the “war on terror”.