Torture On Rise In Egypt, Claims Nadime Center Report

El Nadime Center for the Management and Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence issued a report on torture in Egypt which documented state organized torture of opponents of the regime of President Mubarak. Included in the report is testimony from victims of the 2004 security raids conducted in Al-Arish following the Taba bombings. At that time, 3,000 people were detained, including women and children who were arrested to force their male relatives to come forward. The report also documents the experiences of farmers in the village of Sarando who were subjected to a two-week police campaign to evict them from their own land. The end of the report includes a table with the names of 272 policemen accused of torture by their victims. It details where and when the torture occurred, the victim’s identity and which organization documented the incident. Lawyer, Ahmed Seif El Islam of the Hisham Mubarak Law Center which handles torture cases, told the press “we will distribute this list widely to public prosecution offices and provide evidence which can be used in the prosecution of torturers– if there is a willingness to do this.”

It should be noted that under America’s rendition program individuals accused of being terrorists are frequently sent to Egypt for “interrogation.” The CIA and other agencies involved in the rendition program know as well as anyone that torture is a common occurrence in Egypt. Naturally, the Egyptian government and its press allies insist the report is not accurate and is merely an attempt to discredit the Egyptian government and nation.