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Five cases of death in police stations

Cairo 18, August 1999

Five cases of death in police stations
(Who is responsible?)

EOHR issues a report on cases of death in police stations which are 
strongly suspected to have occurred as a result of severe torture

Despite statements by the Minister of Interior and other officials
asserting their concern for improving relations between the police and
citizens, reality seems to prove otherwise. Violations are still widespread
in police stations according to reports documented by the Egyptian
Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) and other human rights organizations
in Egypt as part of their ongoing campaigns against torture and
ill-treatment of citizens in police stations.

EOHR regrets to inform that, in the period between February to July 1999,
it monitored five cases of death in police stations. The organization
strongly suspects that the deaths may have been the result of severe
torture. The investigations carried out by the organization found evidence
that the victims were subjected to torture by the police. 

The main premise of EOHR's report is that torture is not merely a practice
that violates the dignity of the victim, but a tragedy that deprives
victims of their right to life. This report focuses on the following
victims of torture

1.	Sa'eed Sayid Abdel-Aal Salim, aged 27, worker, died on 17 April 1999 in
El-Omraneya police station, Giza.
2.	Ahmed Mahmoud Mohamed Tammam, aged 19, high school student, died on 21
July 1999 also in El-Omraneya police station.
3.	Hany Kamal Shawky, aged 22, first-year student at the Faculty of
Commerce of Shebeen El-Koum, died on 21 April 1999 in El-Azbakeya police
station, Cairo. 
4.	Hamdy Ahmed Mohamed Askar, aged 42, cook, died on 16 February 1999 in
Al-Mansoura General Hospital, where he had been transferred from Mansoura I
police station.
5.	Amr Salim Mohamed, aged 18, butcher, died on 17 July 1999 in El-Khosous
police station, El-Khanka, Kalyoubeya governorate.

Aware of the seriousness of the matter, EOHR, in the name of the families
of the deceased, refers this report "To whom it may concern", and asks
"Who is responsible?" How is it possible that a citizen enters a police
station alive and later the family receives his body from some hospital
morgue? Therefore, on the basis of the provisions of the Egyptian
Constitution and human rights standards which prohibit torture and other
cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, EOHR calls for investigations into
the events included in this report. It also warns against irresponsible
practices by policemen which threaten human rights and social peace in
Egypt. The organization issues a strong appeal to the Egyptian authorities
to commit to the statements made by officials to respect human rights, to
end torture and ill-treatment in police stations, and to take the necessary
legal and practical measures to prevent these practices. EOHR calls on all
active forces of Egyptian civil society to join efforts to secure respect
for the life and dignity of Egyptian citizens, to which torture is the most
serious threat.

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