More allegations of torture of political detainees

Members of the April 6 Youth Movement have made further allegations against Egypt’s security agencies, detailing torture against 42 “political detainees” held in a central security camp near Cairo.

Mohamed Kamal, one of the officers of the movement, says that despite denials by the Interior Ministry detainees said to be held because of their political beliefs are undergoing “systematic torture” in the 6 October central security camp.

Kamal Abbas, head of the economic and social rights committee at the National Council for Human Rights, says that the Council has filed a request to the Interior Ministry to inspect the camp.

Torture is categorically prohibited by Egypt’s new constitution.

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