Egypt carried out ‘execution spree’ in previous two months, Amnesty International says

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Dec 2, 2020

Egypt has executed dozens of prisoners previously two months, nearly double the variety of recorded executions in all of 2019, Amnesty International stated Wednesday. 

In what it known as a “horrifying execution spree,” the London-based rights group stated in a report Wednesday that Egyptian safety forces executed no less than 57 women and men between October and November. For comparability, the nation executed a complete of 32 folks in 2019.  

The figures are doubtless underestimates since Egypt doesn’t publish statistics on executions or inform the households and their legal professionals, the report stated. Pro-government media put the variety of executions throughout the identical interval this 12 months at 91. 

In addition, Amnesty International stated no less than 15 political prisoners have been sentenced to loss of life in October and November following “grossly unfair trials marred by forced ‘confessions’ and other serious human rights violations.” 

“The Egyptian authorities have embarked on a horrifying execution spree in recent months, putting scores of people to death, in some cases following grossly unfair mass trials,” Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa analysis and advocacy director, stated in an announcement. 

“Not only are the Egyptian authorities trampling on the right to life in shocking disregard for their obligations under international law, but they are also punishing the brave human rights defenders,” Luther stated. 

Egypt provoked worldwide criticism over its arrests final month of three members of a number one human rights group, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. Gasser Abdel-Razek, Mohamed Basheer and Karim Ennarah are at the moment detained on the infamous Tora Prison complicated on prices together with membership in a terrorist group. 

Since taking energy after a 2013 coup, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has waged what human rights teams have described as an unprecedented assault on dissent marked by widespread arrests, pressured disappearances and extrajudicial killings. Rights teams estimate Egypt is detaining 60,000 folks, together with activists, lecturers, journalists and members of the Muslim Brotherhood, on trumped-up political prices. 

Wael Saad Tawadros, a Coptic monk convicted of killing a bishop at a desert monastery in 2018, is among the many prisoners on loss of life row. According to Amnesty International, Tawadros was denied entry to a lawyer and his confession was extracted underneath torture.

The group known as on the worldwide neighborhood, specifically United Nations human rights our bodies, to publicly strain Egypt to name off the deliberate executions. Amnesty International additionally steered the UN Human Rights Council create a system to observe the continued violations in Egypt.