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Egyptian authorities using sexual violence on massive scale

Sumel Sarker

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Egyptian authorities using sexual violence on massive scale

19 May 2015, Nirapad News: Egyptian security forces are using sexual violence against detained on a massive scale. The International Federation for Human Rights, says, reports the BBC.

A report by the organization suggests men, women and children are being abused ‘to eliminate public protest’. Many are subjected to virginity tests, rape and gang rape after arrest.

Egypt’s interior ministry said it would not comment until it had studied the report. The study notes a surge in sexual violence after the Egyptian military takeover in July 2013.

The perpetrators are rarely held to account and the impunity points to a ‘cynical political strategy aimed at silencing all opposition’.

Police, intelligence officers and members of the military are guilty of targeting male and female detainees, according to the report.

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