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Female prisoners in Egypt suffer rampant abuse

Human rights groups have accused the Egyptian state of allowing violence against female detainees in prison despite its pledge to tackle the issue of sexual violence against women.
Women prisoners look out a barred window of Al-Qanater prison in Cairo October 6, 2007. Egypt's Interior Ministry invited representatives from the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights to visit the prison, after complaints of human rights violation were made by inmates in the prison. REUTERS/Nasser Nuri (EGYPT) - RTR1UNPQ
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CAIRO — At a time when the Egyptian government has recognized the need to stop physical and sexual violence against women, human rights organizations have registered dozens of cases of physical abuse against women in Egyptian prisons pending trial for political issues.

On June 23, 10 Egyptian human rights organizations filed a joint complaint — of which Al-Monitor obtained a copy — with the Egyptian general prosecutor. They requested that the latter quickly investigate the complaints of female prisoners being subject to torture and physical and sexual abuse, and demanded that protection be speedily provided if the complaints are shown to be valid.

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