Et titalls egyptiske menneskerettsgrupper sier i en felles uttalelse at politiets vold og overgrep er verre i dag enn under Hosni Mubarak. Det er lite flatterende for president Mohammed Morsi.
Menneskerettsgruppene krever at innenriksministeren går av, noe han avslår.
Egyptian rights groups alleged Wednesday that police abuse and brutality are on the rise in detention centers and at demonstrations, which have intensified since the second anniversary of the uprising that ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.
More than a dozen groups charged in a statement that police were reverting back to the systematic torture that prevailed under Mubarak’s autocratic regime. “Some of the crimes have even gone beyond that,” the statement said.
As part of a 10-point initiative, the rights groups asked for more transparency and accountability on crimes committed against protesters since the uprising. They also called for an overhaul of the nation’s security forces.
In a widely watched TV program Tuesday, one victim, whose case was documented by the groups, told viewers of harrowing treatment he received while he was detained for more than 48 hours, including being forced to fall to his knees and bark.
“They asked me to choose a woman’s name so they can use (it) for me. It was the easiest part of the torture,” Ayman Mohanna told the privately owned ONTV station.
The groups claim security agents’ crackdown on protesters and activists has intensified since Jan. 25, when hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets across Egypt to mark the second anniversary of the start of the uprising against Mubarak’s rule.
The protests were critical of Morsi and his government as many Egyptians are growing frustrated over the continued turmoil since Mubarak’s ouster in Feb. 2011. Rallies turned to clashes in several cities with police firing tear gas and protesters throwing stones at government offices. At least six civilians were killed.