Friday, July 8, 2011

Egypt Army Chief in Lawsuit Over Woman Tried in Military Court

Bikyamasr.com reports that on Tuesday, Egyptian human rights groups filed a lawsuit against the head of Egypt’s armed forces.  was filed with an administrative court by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture and the Hisham Mubarak Law Center.  The case arises from an investigation done by Amnesty International.  The human rights group gathered testimonies of women protesters arrested in early March from Cairo’s Tahrir Square.  They were allegedly subjected to forced ‘virginity tests.'  Amnesty wrote to Egypt’s Supreme Council for Armed Forces requesting an investigation. No response was received.  One of the young women arrested off of Tahrir Square was then tried in a military court and was alleged forced to take one of the tests and was tortured. She was tried before a military court without her knowledge of the charges against her. According to the groups who filed the suit, all the female protesters rounded up on March 9 were sentenced within four days.