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Egypt: Special Rapporteur concerned about torture to obtain confessions

last updated Sep 13, 2012

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan E. Méndez, has condemned torture and ill-treatment during investigations. He referred to a case of three men who were sentenced to death by in 2006 by the Supreme State Security Emergency Court. The three men, whose sentence has not been carried out, were reportedly tortured.

Juan E. Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture
Juan E. Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture; Source: United Nations - Geneva

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights also criticized the trial in 2011 claiming that the trial had violated the prohibition of torture enshrined in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Subsequently, the Egyptian authorities agreed to halt the execution of the sentence and launched an investigation.

However, Méndez voiced concerns over the review of the cases as a different panel of the same security court which had convicted the three men, now examines the cases. Méndez said that this procedure showed “the inability and unwillingness of a state security court to address complaints of torture with the seriousness they deserve.”

The new hearing of the cases will take place on 12 September.

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