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Egypt engages in child detention and torture - HRW

Human Rights Watch in a joint report with the right group, “Belady: An Island For Humanity” have issued a report detailing worry horrifying abuses from Egypt’s security forces including but not limited to engaging in arbitrary detention and torture of children as young as 12.

In a statement, Aya Hijazi, co-director of Belady, stated;

“Egypt’s criminal justice system has failed to protect children from ill-treatment and could cause lasting harm […] Ending this routine detention and abuse is in the common interest of society as well as the child.”

HRW has called on Egypt’s international allies, in particular the US, France and other European Union members to suspend their support for Egypt’s military and to encourage Egypt's to take measures which will end abuses and ensure accountability.

Bill Van Esveld, associate children’s rights director at HRW, has stated on the matter;

“Children are describing being waterboarded and electrocuted on their tongues and genitals, and yet Egypt’s security forces are facing no consequences […] Governments that want to end these horrors should end support to Egyptian security services and condition any future agreements on there being real reforms.”

In their report, HRW detail hundred of offences committed by the security forces since 2014 including the death of children and solitary confinement.

Read more from Human Rights Watch and Al Jazeera.