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Egypt: Taba bombing followed by mass arrests and torture

The Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights, ICJ affiliate in Egypt, undertook a fact-finding mission to Arish and documented the arrest of 3,000 people since the Taba bombings that took place last October. The report also documents serious allegations of torture carried out by the security forces.

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the question of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, E/CN.4/2003/68/Add.1, February 27, 2003: Egypt

446. A 19-year-old university student was reportedly arrested by a police officer from the Department for Eradicating Crimes Against Public Morality at the Interior Ministry, in Cairo, on 19 May 2002, and taken to the Vice Squad headquarters in the Tahrir Administrative Compound where he was allegedly beaten, severely shaken and forced to sign a […]

Opinions adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, No 7/2002 (Egypt), E/CN.4/2003/8/Add.1, January 24, 2003

5. According to the source of the communication, at least 55 persons were arrested in Cairo on the grounds of their sexual orientation in the early hours of 11 May 2001, during a raid by police of the discotheque on the Queen Boat moored on the Nile in Zamalek District. Ten undercover officers from both […]

Concluding Observations: Egypt, CAT/C/CR/29/4, December 23, 2002

D. Subjects of concern 5. The Committee is concerned about the following: […] (e) The reports received concerning ill-treatment inflicted on men because of their real or alleged homosexual inclinations, apparently encouraged by the lack of adequate clarity in penal legislation; 6. The Committee recommends that the State party: […] (k) Remove all ambiguity in […]

Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: “V. Regarding the Arbitrary Nature on the Ground of Discrimination – of Detention Motivated by Sexual Orientation”, E/CN.4/2003/8, December 16, 2002

68. Having received a communication concerning 55 persons prosecuted and detained on account of their homosexuality, the Working Group took the view that their detention was arbitrary because it violated articles 2, paragraph 1, and 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantee equality before the law and the right to […]

Concluding Observations, CCPR/CO/76/EGY, 31 October 2002: Egypt

19. The Committee notes the criminalization of some behaviours such as those characterized as “debauchery” (articles 17 and 26 of the Covenant). The State party should ensure that articles 17 and 26 of the Covenant are strictly upheld, and should refrain from penalizing private sexual relations between consenting adults. Link to full text of the […]