Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Egyptian Blogger Tortured in Prison

The Arabic Network for Human Rights has this release on the plight of Karim Amer, an Egyptian blogger imprisoned for "vilifying religion" and "defaming" Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak:

Cairo, November 12, 2007 - The Arabic Network for Human Rights information and Hisham Mubarak Centre for Law sent a communiqué to the Egyptian Prosecutor-General , demanding to investigate into the issue of torturing Karim Amer in his prison. Karim who is an Egyptian blogger sentenced to prison for 4 years for 'vilifying religions' and defaming the president was tortured & that was ordered and supervised by an investigation officer in Borg Alarab prison. Karim was also ordered into a solitary cell where he was assaulted again and had one of his teeth broken; this assault's date came to mark one year since Karim was sent to jail.

... It is to mention that Karim since he was imprisoned is subjected to a systemic discriminatory practice and maltreatment in Borg Alarb prison on the hands of the prison's officers. He mentioned to his lawyer that the maltreatment was always coupled with this phrase "This is until you do change your mind"!! This represents a threat to his life and compounds the difficulty of the already harsh sentence. The two legal firms are calling for transferring him into another prison where he might receive a better humanitarian treatment and where his rights as a prisoner might be respected.

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information is a Cairo-based organization that serves as "a central repository for human rights information and websites in Arabic throughout the Middle East and North Africa."

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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