Human Rights Group Accuses Egyptian Army Of Torture

The New York-based group Human Rights Watch said in a statement that Egypt’s army beat and tortured demonstrators outside of the Ministry of Defense in Cairo earlier this month. The protesters, who objected to the disqualification of an Islamist presidential candidate, told HRW the army “beat us with sticks, kicked us and punched us.” They also alleged that after being arrested and placed in jail, more beatings ensued. “The brutal beating of both men and women protesters shows that military officers have no sense of limits on what they can do,” said Middle East and North Africa director at HRW Joe Stork. “The official law enforcement authorities may arrest people where there is evidence of wrongdoing, but it never has the right to beat and torture them.”