Friday, February 06, 2015

حقوق: التعذيب داخل معتقلات الأمن

 A new report recently published under the title of حقوق: التعذيب داخل معتقلات الأمن (available in PDF that could not be attached here, for now).

it clearly shows that the torturers of the NISS (National Intelligence Security Services) of the Islamists continue to practice the same methods of torture they introduced since 1989. 
The government of Sudan continued to ignore calls for investigation as it was clearly mentioned in the  خطاب المنظمات غير الحكومية حول وضع حقوق الإنسان في السودان في الجلسة الـ27 لمجلس حقوق الإنسان
"أخفقت السلطات في التحقيق بشأن ادعاءات حول تعرض الأشخاص الذين تم اعتقالهم للتعذيب وأشكال أخرى من المعاملة اللاإنسانية والمهينة"
Untile we are able to include the 12pp. report, here is another short testimony published by عاين electronic network


الامن السوداني يدخل طرق جديدة في التعذيب .. مفرج عنها تروي ما حدث
سلمي .. تعاني من الدمامل والحساسية الشديدة

الخرطوم: عاين
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 الخرطوم: عاين
تم ضربهن بالعصي الكهربائية، وإجبارهن على تناول حبوب مجهولة، وإساءات وتحرش لفظي وجسدي، ومعاملة غير لائقة ، كان هذا جزء من روايات طالبات داخلية ( الزهراء ) في جامعة الخرطوم اللائي تم اعقتالهن قبل اسبوعين ، وما تعرضن له داخل معتقل جهاز الأمن والمخابرات الوطني ، وفي وقت متأخر من مساء الخميس الماضي اطلقت سلطات جهاز الأمن سراح الطالبة  سمية خميس ، بعد أن قضت (11 ) يوماً في الاعتقال ، وقد تدهورت حالتها الصحية الى حد بعيد
فريق (عاين ) استمع الى رواية (سمية) منذ اعتقالها وحتى اطلاق سراحها، والتي روت خلالها عن المعاملة الوحشية والفظة التي تعرضت لها ورفيقاتها المعتقلات داخل الزنازين من قبل افراد جهاز الأمن
التحقيق القاسي
تقول سمية لشبكة (عاين ) ان اعتقالها قد تم في اليوم التالي للأحداث التي جرت في داخلية ( الزهراء ) في جامعة الخرطوم ثاني ايام عيد الاضحى ، وتضيف ان اعتقالها جرى في المداهمة الثانية لعناصر جهاز الامن اي في ثالث ايام العيد ، وتقول (لقد تعرضنا للضرب الوحشي والتحرش بنا الى جانب الشتم والإساءات والتي كانت افظع من اليوم السابق .. حواء وحنان قد نلن القسط الأكبرمن هذه التحرشات حتى أن أحد رجال الامن قال لنا سنجري لكم كشف عن العذرية ونفضحكن جميعا ) ، وتضيف ( منعونا من أخذ امتعتنا وقالوا أننا نتحداهم لذلك سيتم تأديبنا،  بعدها تم اخذنا في سيارات ، ومن هناك وجدنا أنفسنا في مكاتب جهاز الأمن بالخرطوم بحري ، واستمر التحقيق معنا من الساعة (12) ظهرا حتى (12) ليلا ، والتحقيق كان قاسيا جدا وتسبب في حالات بكاء وانهيارات وسط الطالبات) .
في سجن (أم درمان) معاملة سيئة
ومضت سمية تروى ما تعرضت له وزميلاتها قائلة ( بعد منتصف الليل قاموا بترحيلنا من مكاتب الأمن ببحري إلى سجن النساء في أم درمان وتم اعتقالنا في زنازين ضيقة علمنا في مابعد أنها تتبع لجهاز الأمن ) ، وتضيف ان فترة التحقيق التي امتدت حتى صباح اليوم التالي لم يتم تقديم الطعام اليهن ووصلن الى حالة مزرية ، وتشير الى ان الوجبة التي تم تقديمها اليهن كانت رديئة وقد رفضن تناول ذلك الطعام الذي كانت به رائحة غريبة رغم الجوع ، وتقول انها تناولت قليلاً من ذلك الطعام لانها تعاني من بعض الاضطرابات في السكر وهو ما عرضها الى معاناة وشكت من مغص اتضح ان قليل من الطعام الذي اخذته كان مسموماً ، وتابعت (بعد لحظات حضرت واحدة من الحرس واكتشفت أننا لم نأكل الفول، فبدأت بأجبارنا على الأكل وتهديدنا وإساءتنا ووصفتنا بالعاهرات وبألفاظ بذيئة وشتائم سيئة) ، وذكرت ان احدى رفيقاتها واسمها حواء سليمان تصدت للحارسة وقالت لها انهن طالبات ولا يجب عليها ان تتحدث بتلك اللغة ودخلت معها في مشادة ، وتضيف ( اتصلت الحارسة برئيسها ومن ثم جاءت قوة امنية وتم حبس المعتقلات في زانزانة ولم يمسح لهن حتى لقضاء الحاجة ورفضوا ادخال الماء في اليوم التالي لغسل الوجه )  .
تناول حبوبة مجهولة قسراً
تقول سمية ان عدد من المعتقلات حدثت لهن خدوش وتسلخات جلدية بسبب ضربهن وجرهن على الارض بعنف، وتضيف ( بعد أن عرضنا على طبيب أخذت عينات دم من الجميع وبعد العودة للزنازين حضرت حارسة وفي يدها مرهم وأخذت تمسح للمعتقلات في مناطق الخدوش والتسلخات دون أن نعرف ما هو نوع المرهم وفي المساء بدأت حكة شديدة لعدد من المعتقلات وتحولت المنطقة الجلدية إلى سواد داكن )، ومضت سمية في روايتها لم يقتصر الأمر على المرهم ولكن الحارسة كانت تحضر حبوبا لم نتبين ماهي وتجبرنا بالتهديد على تناولها أمامها وفورا.
أحوال المعتقلات
وبالسؤال عن من كان معها من المعتقلات قالت ( كانت معي في المعتقل سوزان عمر أبكر وفدوى عبد الله وحنان والثلاثة تم اطلاق سراحهن الأسبوع الماضي، وان من بقين حتى اليوم  (15) معتقلة وهن حواء سليمان ، سلمى دقيس ،سمية يونس ، نهلة عبد الرحمن ، سعدية بخيت ، علياء حسون ، رحاب حامد ، مواهب أبكر، منال أبكر ، رقية موسى  ، عرفة محمد إبراهيم ،إعتزاز ، رانيا ، إخلاص ونعمات أحمد هارون ، وعن أحوالهن قالت انهن يتعرضن للتعذيب اليومي واحوالهن سيئة ، وتضيف ( حواء سليمان كانت مستهدفة بشدة وضربت ضرباً مبرحاً وتأثرت عينها بالضرب واصبح فيها احمرار ، وتعاني من صداع شديد لأن أحدهم ضربها في رأسها ولا تستطيع أن تقف للصلاة وتصلي جالسة على الأرض، كما أنهم يستهدفونها بالشتائم والتحرش وأحدهم أثناء التحقيق قال لها : لو ما أديتك سبع سنين سجن يا حواء أحلق شنبي ده) ، أما سلمى فحدث لها طفح جلدي ودمامل في أجزاء كبيرة من جسدها ولا تستطيع النوم، ومضت سمية قائلة ( كادت علياء أن تتعرض لنوبة قلبية وهي أصلا تعاني من مرض بالغدة وعندما شكت من اطرابات أحضروا لها حبوبا تسببت لها في زيادة ضربات القلب وبقينا ساهرين عليها حتى تحسنت حالتها ) ، وتشير الى أن المعتقلة منال قد تدهورت حالتها الصحية واصبحت تعاني من إعياء وهزال وامتنعت عن الأكل وتم نقلها الى مستشفى الأمل التابع لجهاز الأمن، واشيع أنهم سيطلقون سراحها من المستشفى ولكن بعد تحسن حالتها أعيدت للمعتقل
كيفية اطلاق سراح سمية
وحول ما تعرضت له  هي شخصياً داخل المعتقل وكيف تم إطلاق سراحها ، فقالت  انها تعرضت للضرب مبرح أثناء التحقيق وان احدهم ضربها بقبضة اليد في بطنها أكثر من مرة مما تسبب لها بآلم حادة ما زالت تعاني منها حتى الآن، وتضيف انها تعرضت أيضا لضرب بعصى كهربائية في يدي اليسرى وتم تهديدي بسيخة مدببة وان احد افراد الامن قال لها انه سيدخل المدية في عينها ان ذلك سبب لها رعب شديد ، وتقول ان ضابط الامن كان يطالبهن ان يعترفن بالانتماء للحركات الدارفورية المسلحة وعن توجهاتهن السياسية وانهم ظلوا يرددون الاسئلة بطرق مختلفة ، وتضيف ( كانوا يقولون أنهم يعلمون أننا ننتمي الى حركات دارفورية مسلحة والحركات تدعمنا لإحداث فوضى وبلبلة في الداخليات ) ، ومضت سمية في حديثها تقول ( في التحقيق كان هناك قصد بإستفزازنا واتهمونا باننا نمارس الدعارة في الداخليات وحواء تديرها وتحضر لنا الرجال وهددني أحدهم بانه سيجري لي فحص للعذرية فتحديته بأن نذهب للمستشفى ونجري الفحص فورا فسكت )
وحول كيفية تم إطلاق سراحها قالت ( سأت حالتي الصحية وكنت أعاني ألم شديد في الرأس أثر تعرضي لضربة بجانب نفاخ شديد في البطن بعد أن تلقيت ضربات بقبضة اليد بصورة متكررة وبالذات تأثر منطقة عملية الزائدة التي كنت أجريتها في الماضي، وبت لا أستطيع الأكل والشرب ) ، وتؤكد ان حالتها الصحية بعد ان تدهورت تم نقلها الى مستشفى الامل وظلت تحت الرعاية الطبية لمدة اربعة ايام وان الطبيب اخبرها بانه سيجري عملية استكشافية للبطن لكنها رفضت ، وتقول ان احد افراد الامن حضر وقال ان العملية سيتم اجراءها بالقوة بعد تقييدها ، وتضيف ( لقد انهرت بعد ان سمعت ذلك التهديد وظلت ابكي وجاءني شعور بانهم يريدون قتلي خلال العملية التي قررها الطبيب )  ، وقالت في صبيحة الخامس عشر من اكتوبر الجاري سمعت هي نقاشا بين افراد الامن والطبيب الذي اعترض على نقلي الى المعتقل مرة اخرى وابلغ افراد الامن بضرورة اكمال العلاج في المستشفى والابقاء تحت المراقبة الطبيبة ، وتضيف ( وبعد النقاش ذهب أفراد الأمن وتركوني في المستشفى وفي المساء جاء أحدهم وقال لي أخرجي من المستشفى وأذهبي لأهلك وكانت معي منال لكنهم أخذوها من المستشفى وأعادوها للمعتقل..خرجت من المستشفى واتصلت بشقيقتي التي أحضرتني إلى هنا ) .
مدير الداخليات (فيصل) وزيارته في المستشفى
تقول سمية في افادتها انها اندهشت عندما سجل فيصل محمد احمد مدير مجمع داخلية الزهراء زيارة اليها في المتسشفى للاطمئنان عليها ، وتضيف ( المدهش انه ابلغني بقوله أنا سمحت لهم بدخول الداخلية ولكن لم أكن أعلم بانهم سيضربوا الطالبات ويتصرفوا بالطريقة التي تصرفوا بها ) ، وتقول لم يقدم اي مساعدة وبقي معها لدقائق ثم غادر مع مرافقه .
حالة نفسية سيئة
لاحظ فريق (عاين ) خلال زيارته الى سمية أن حالتها النفسية غير مستقرة، إذ أنها مشوشة ومحبطة ومكتئبة، زميلاتها في السكن قالوا أنها تهزئ أثناء النوم وتذكر أسماء ناس وتصرخ في بعض المرات، وقالت سمية  عن نفسها أنها متأثرة جدا لتعرضها للتعذيب بعصى كهربائية وان ذلك سبب لها رعب شديد وكذلك تهديدها بضربها في عينها بالسيخة المدببة الى جانب أنها تعرضت لهزة وأنهيار شديد في المستشفى عندما أخبرها الطبيب أنه سيجري لها عملية استكشافية بالقوة ، وافادت زميلاتها لفريق ( عاين ) أن سمية اصبحت تتحدث قليلا منذ أن خرجت من المستشفى وشهيتها للطعام سيئة وعندما تتناول منه شيئاً تذهب فورا الى الحمام وتاكد لـ(عاين)  أن سمية اعيدت يوم الجمعة الى المستشفى واستخرج لها أورنيك (8) ، وتحصلت (عاين ) على نسخة منه وأنها ستخضع لعلاج عضوي ونفسي خلال الأيام المقبلة تحت أشراف ناشطين ورابطة أبناء دارفور بالخرطوم .
تضامن وشكوى ضد جهاز الأمن
وفي السياق تضامن عدد من الناشطين والحقوقيين مع  طالبات دارفور لما تعرضن له مؤخرا في مباني جهاز الامن، وقامت مجموعة (مبادرة لا لقهر النساء ) بتسليم المفوضية القومية لحقوق الأنسان بالخرطوم شكوى قانونية ضد جهاز الأمن وصندوق دعم الطلاب تطالب فيها المفوضية بتحريك إجراءات قانونية ضد  الصندوق وجهاز الامن والمخابرات الوطني لما قاما به في حق طالبات ، ودعت المذكرة باطلاق سراح المعتقلات فورا بعد أن شرحت ظروف اعتقالهن التي وصفت بالسيئة ، وقبل تسليم المذكرة للمفوضية نظمت المبادرة مع رابطة أبناء دارفور وعدد من الحركات الشبابية منها (التغيير الآن ،قرفنا ،تجمع الشباب لمناهضة سدي كجبار ودال ) وقفة احتجاجة أمام المفوضية طالبت فيها لاطلاق سراح جميع المعتقلين من بينهم معتقلي سبتمبر الماضي ، ومن جانبها تسلمت مفوضية حقوق الانسان المذكرة المقدمة من مبادرة لا لقهر النساء واستمعت لطالبات تعرضن لانتهاكات من قبل جهاز الأمن ووعدت المفوضية بالنظرالفوري للشكوى .


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The CIA Torture Report

Remember George W. Bush when he said "We do not torture"?

Well, it took the Senate Committee (thanks to Sen. Feinstein) more than 5 years to finish its investigation and produce a strong indictment of the CIA in this regard... Thanks to President Obama continued to condemn this practice since he was a Senator, Presidential Candidate, and in the first day of his presidency.


1. The C.I.A.’s interrogation techniques were more brutal and employed more extensively than the agency portrayed. 

The report describes extensive waterboarding as a “series of near drownings” and suggests that more prisoners were subjected to waterboarding than the three prisoners the C.I.A. has acknowledged in the past. The report also describes detainees being subjected to sleep deprivation for up to a week, medically unnecessary “rectal feeding” and death threats. Conditions at one prison, described by a clandestine officer as a “dungeon,” were blamed for the death of a detainee, and the harsh techniques were described as leading to “psychological and behavioral issues, including hallucinations, paranoia, insomnia, and attempts at self-harm and self-mutilation.”

2. The C.I.A. interrogation program was mismanaged and was not subject to adequate oversight.

The report cites dissatisfaction among intelligence officers about the competence and training of interrogators. Those found to have violated agency policy were “rarely held accountable.” The architects of the program had never carried out a real interrogation. The report states that the C.I.A. resisted congressional oversight, restricted access to information, declined to answer questions about the program and “impeded oversight” by the agency's inspector general by providing false information. 

3. The C.I.A. misled members of Congress and the White House about the effectiveness and extent of its brutal interrogation techniques.

The report says that the C.I.A. provided false and misleading information to members of Congress, the White House and the director of national intelligence about the program’s effectiveness. It asserts that a review of cases, in which the agency claims to have collected “actionable intelligence” it would have been unable to obtain by other means, calls into question the connection between the information and any “counterterrorism success.”

4. Interrogators in the field who tried to stop the brutal
techniques were repeatedly overruled by senior CIA officials

C.I.A. personnel reported on multiple occasions to being “disturbed” by waterboarding and concerned over its legality. Officials, including the program’s architects, described the interrogation as a “template for future interrogation” of detainees. In one instance, a senior official pushed back against concern over the “legal limit” of brutal interrogation techniques by stating that the “guidelines for this activity” had been “vetted at the most senior levels of the agency.” 

5. The C.I.A. repeatedly underreported the number of people it detained and subjected to harsh interrogation techniques under the program.

The report states that the C.I.A. never produced an accurate count or list of those it had detained or subjected to brutal interrogation techniques. The agency said it detained “fewer than 100 individuals,” but a review of agency records indicated that it held 119. It also underreported the number of detainees who were subjected to torture. 

7. The C.I.A. leaked classified information to journalists, exaggerating the success of interrogation methods in an effort to gain public support. 

The report found that the C.I.A. provided classified information to journalists but that the agency did not push to prosecute or investigate many of the leaks. C.I.A. officials asked officers to “compile information on the success” of the program to be shared with the news media in order to shape public opinion. The C.I.A. also mischaracterized events and provided false or incomplete information to the news media in an effort to gain public support. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Many Successes and some Challenges...


A month after the UN Day of Torture Survivors and their Families, there are many challenges facing us, the survivors, and work to do to expose the crime of torture. However, there few good news as reported by Center for Justice and Accountability.

We are also expecting a ruling very soon about the senior officers of the former Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia that their trial are going on





Trial Date Set for Case against Pinochet Officer for Torture and Death of Legendary Chilean Folksinger Víctor Jara

06/02/2014: CJA and pro bono counsel Chadbourne & Parke LLP, filed suit in September 2013 on behalf of the surviving family members of folksinger Víctor Jara against former Pinochet Officer Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nuñez. The complaint alleges that Barrientos personally tortured and executed Mr. Jara during the mass detention in the Chile Stadium. Read more here. The trial will begin in February 2015.


CJA's Statement on India's Fifteenth Prime Minister Narendra Modi

05/27/2014: On May 26, 2014, Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was sworn in as India’s fifteenth Prime Minister. Modi’s appointment as Prime Minister is not troubling solely because of his actions—or inaction—during the 2002 Gujarat riots. Instead, his appointment signals a broader problem that those linked to mass atrocities evade accountability at the highest ranks of Indian government. Read CJA's statement on Modi's appointment here.




Ex-Salvadoran General May be Deported for Human Rights Violations


04/21/2014: An immigration judge issued a final order of removal for former Salvadoran Minster of Defense Garcia because of his involvement in a number of human rights violations, including the assassination of Archbishop Romero, the murder of four American churchwomen, the El Mozote massacre, and the torture of CJA client Juan Romagoza. The decision and a portion of the administrative record recently became public due to a FOIA request by The New York Times.Click here for the press release, here to read a summary of the decision, here to read the NYT article, and here to view the portion of the administrative record currently available.

The Roots of ISIS Go Back to Muslim Brothers Movement

In the news this morning... This is the head of the Muslim Brothers in Egypt who actually not only ordered torture but also did it by his own hands... Although he, el-Baltagy,  was indicted and sentenced for a different case from those mentioned in the article of 2012 (read below) yet, it tells clearly how the system of Ghost Houses created by their 'brothers' in Sudan is deeply rooted in their ideology.
Before even they reached to power, they had already started to create their own-run detention center. The Tahrir Square Apartment should be marked/identified by human rights activists as the first Ghost House of Islamists of former President Morsi.

The brutality of DA'ISH/ISIS, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, as seen their barbaric killing of Western civilians and journalists has its deep root in the ideology of their mother islamic org of the BROTHERS!





Muslim Brotherhood figure, two other Islamists sentenced to 15 years in prison on torture charges

State MENA news agency says the court on Saturday found Mohammed el-Beltagy along with a preacher and a junior member of the group guilty of holding and beating a man in an office overlooking Tahrir Square they suspected was an undercover policeman spying on the 18-day sit-in against Mubarak.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
 
Sunday, October 12, 2014, 12:11 AM
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From the New York Times

Evidence of Torture by Egyptian Islamists


As my colleague David Kirkpatrick reports from Cairo, “Islamist supporters of President Mohamed Morsi captured, detained and beat dozens of his political opponents last week, holding them for hours with their hands bound on the pavement outside the presidential palace while pressuring them to confess that they had accepted money to use violence in protests against him.”
Those protesters were detained and abused during street fighting last Wednesday, which began after supporters of the Islamist president from the Muslim Brotherhood attacked a sit-in by his opponents outside the palace, leading to deadly clashes. Almost as soon as the fighting ended, opposition activists began collecting visual evidence and testimony of the abuse anti-Morsi protesters suffered that night at the hands of the Brotherhood and their allies.
The Cairene blogger who writes as Zeinobia gathered more than a dozen images of badly wounded protesters that were posted online shortly after the detainees were turned over by their Islamist captors to the authorities (who later released them without charge).
Among the injured detainees was Yehia Negm, Egypt’s former ambassador to Venezuela, who spoke to The Times about his ordeal.
Zeinobia also pointed to a widely circulated video clip of Mr. Negm describing his captivity, in which he said that even doctors from the Muslim Brotherhood mistreated the detainees.
Video of Yahia Negm, a former diplomat, describing his abuse during captivity by Islamists in Cairo last week.
Days later, when Mr. Negm appeared on Egyptian television to discuss the torture, his face was still badly scarred.
A sense of the religious and sectarian fervor that drove some of the president’s supporters during Wednesday’s clashes can be glimpsed in a video shot mainly behind Islamist lines by an opposition activist named Abdo Zineldin.
A video report on street fighting outside the presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday, shot by Abdo Zineldin, an activist filmmaker.
Mr. Zineldin, 20, told The Lede in an e-mail that he is from Shubra, a working-class Cairo neighborhood, and recently learned to edit video at a workshop hosted by Mosireen, a collective of revolutionary filmmakers.
Explaining why he chose to record behind Islamist lines that night, the young activist wrote: “I found myself in the gap where the two sides were advancing and decided it would be an interesting perspective to get also the opinion of the Muslim Brotherhood members, since I am more familiar with the ‘revolutionaries/seculars.’”
In a still frame from his video, Mr. Zineldin said Islamists could be seen hauling off a captive protester under the watch of a member of the police force.
Last weekend, the independent Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm published one reporter’s harrowing account of what he witnessed during three hours “in a Muslim Brotherhood torture chamber at the presidential palace” on Wednesday night.
Members of the Muslim Brotherhood have since argued that any torture that took place on their side of the front lines last Wednesday was not directed by officials. But the reporter for Al-Masry Al-Youm, Mohamed El-Garhi, wrote that uniformed and plainclothes police officers were present as the torture was carried out by more than a dozen members of the Muslim Brotherhood, “supervised by three bearded men who decided who should be there.” He added:
Opposing protesters were brought to the chambers after being detained by Brotherhood members, who beat them and tore their clothes. The chambers were informal and it was unclear how many there were; when someone was detained, a chamber would be established anywhere near a building.
The kidnappers would take the detained person’s ID card, mobile phone and money before beginning “investigations,” which included intervals of beating to force the confession that he or she is a “thug.”
The interrogators would then ask their captive why they had taken to the street, if they had received any money for protesting, and if they belonged to Mohamed ElBaradei’s Constitution Party, Hamdeen Sabbahi’s Popular Current or the dissolved National Democratic Party of Hosni Mubarak.
If the detainee denied affiliation, the torturers would intensify beatings and verbal abuse. They also documented the interrogations on a mobile phone camera.
Watan, an Egyptian news site, published visual evidence of that torture by Muslim Brothers in the form of graphic video recorded during the interrogations of detainees. Taken together, two of the Watan video clips, which show bleeding and battered protestersbeing pressed to say that they were paid to oppose the president, have been viewed more than a million times in the past week.
Video of battered protesters being interrogated by Islamists in Cairo last week.
Video of Islamists interrogating a captive last week in Cairo, from Watan, an Egyptian news site.
After Mr. Morsi claimed in a speech last week that some of those detained had confessed to being armed and paid by the opposition to make trouble, Heba Morayef of Human Rights Watch noted on Twitter that it was remarkable to hear a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose members were routinely tortured into making false confessions by the security forces before the revolution, present such confessions as credible evidence.
One of the Muslim Brothers who took part in the beating of detainees admitted his role in an interview with Nancy Youssef, a Cairo correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers:
Adel Amer, 44, said he was one of those who beat protesters at a fierce and ultimately deadly standoff Wednesday in front of Egypt’s presidential palace between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi.
Amer said he had to do it. Morsi’s opponents were taking drugs that numb them to pain, he said. The police could not handle the melee on their own, so he and fellow members of the Muslim Brotherhood grabbed them, beat them and handed them over to officers.
“We had to beat them so they would confess,” he said, listing their crimes: starting the fighting, bribing others to cause trouble or working to undo the democratic election that Morsi won five months ago. “We had no other option. We protected the police.”
Another attack by Islamists on a high-profile political opponent was reported two nights after the clashes at the palace. On Friday, a former member of Egypt’s Parliament, Mohamed Abu Hamed, was badly beaten by Muslim Brothers as he tried to drive past a rally of Morsi supporters in Cairo.
Mr. Hamed later denied accusations by the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party that he was beaten only after he tried to run over members of the group.
While members of the Muslim Brotherhood were among those killed during last week’s clashes, opposition activists still blamed the Islamists for initiating the conflict by calling on their activists to confront protesters who had gathered outside the palace first.
As Hesham Sallam, one of the editors of Jadaliyya, argued, “regardless of how much violence each ‘side’ has committed,” last week’s fighting was “instigated by a deliberate, conscious decision by Muslim Brotherhood leaders to escalate the conflict with its adversaries.” He continued:
One day after thousands of opposition protesters had marched to the presidential palace and staged a sit-in in order to pressure Morsi into reversing his controversial constitutional declaration, the Muslim Brotherhood called on its supporters to march to the palace.
Organizing a march to the same site where Morsi’s opponents are gathered is a tall order, and an inevitable recipe for physical clashes. You do not rally your activists at the same site where your opponents are assembled, expecting a peaceful tailgating picnic.
Early Tuesday, one of the protesters who was detained, beaten and sexually harassed by the Islamists, Ola Shahba, reported on Twitterthat she was still recovering from her injuries.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

On the Eve of Torture Survivors Day

Torture continued to prevail around the globe not only by some rogue governments but also by some militia groups that claim to fight for justice in their own teritories.


Boko Haram is one example of an absurd group that claimed to fight for justice in Nigeria. Abducting innocent people including young middle school girls and torturing and bombing their teachers in the name of 'islamic' agenda was the way they introduced themselves to the world.
 
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ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) is another terrorist group that specialized in torturing people in the name of implementing Islamic Sharia Laws. Chopping heads, hands, and foot, and flogging people was another absurd way of introducing their image of Islamic State in Syria and other areas they controlled in Iraq.


In Libya, the armed groups continued to terrorize civilians in every single region especially those who call for democratic society. On the eve of the United Nations' Day for Torture Survivors they brutally killed one of the prominent human rights activists, Ms. Salwa Bughaighis, that she called for banning armed militias in Libya.

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In Sudan, the country that has been ruled under another Islamic military group since 1989, the mass human rights violations continued to prevail. Bombing civilians in Darfur, Nuba Mountains, and Blue Nile region brought a lot of concern around the world especially that many kids who escaped to the mountains continued to live in caves to get protection from air raids.


Refugees who took refuge in Sudan suffered in particular a new wave of torture conducted by government-affliated thugs to get ransom for their release. A disturbing video (see below) was part of report issued by Human Rights Watch on the plight of Eritrean refugees in Sudan and Egypt.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Ghost Houses & Boko Haram: A Conversation

The popular ACTV show "Conversation" hosted Mohamed Elgadi, a co-founder of GATS, and Martha Spiegelman, Amnesty International in Amherst to speak about the status of human rights and torture worldwide.

Why torture is wrong, why it doesn't work, why/how it brings wrong intelligence, what is the connection between Boko Haram in Nigeria and the torture establishment in Sudan? These were just a few of the the topics discussed in the 30-min show.

The program shed light on the hot case of Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian mother whom accused of apostasy in Sudan and sentenced to death (thanks to the international pressure on the regime that forced her release today).

The concealed connection between the Islamists of Sudan and Nigeria was exposed at the ACTV show when Mohamed Elgadi spoke on the training of number of Boko Haram leaders in Sudan @ the African Islamic University in Khartoum.

The show can be watched here in this link 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ghost Houses Wiki page

SUDAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION,

 33rd Annual Conference


Sudan and South Sudan: Boundaries, Borders and the Challenges of Nationhood


 
 University of San Francisco, CA
May 23rd, 24th and 25th 2014



Using Collaborative Data to Expose Torture in Sudan
Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim, Springfield College (MA)
Nahid Abunama-Elgadi, Amnesty International (CA)
  
When you Google ‘Ghost Houses in Sudan’ the first pages to appear are Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International (AI), and Group Against Torture in Sudan (GATS). However, there is no information available on Wikipedia (Wiki); one of the world’s largest applications for collaborative data. As two human rights activists in the education field, we feel it is necessary to launch a Wiki page to expose this crime worldwide and make authentic data available to researchers in academia.
  
Why are they called Ghost Houses? Who runs them? Are they mobile or permanent fixtures? What’s the justification of torture presented by the regime from an Islamic viewpoint? Who are the torturers? Do Ghost Houses continue to exist? These are just a few of the many questions the immigration lawyers and judges found themselves struggling with. Having this page will connect the US Immigration and Custom Enforcement (formerly known as INS) to torture survivors and in turn help its officers better understanding the asylum seekers and provide them with appropriate needed assistance.

From the notorious ‘White House’ in Juba to the infamous ‘Citibank Ghost House’ in Khartoum, the ‘Holy Qur’an College’s Ghost House’ in Omdurman to the Ghost House inside the mosque of the HQ for Security Apparatus in Nyala, S. Darfur; the places of government-organized torture centers in Sudan will be examined in this paper. We hope that in having a global page of collective data, testimonials, location maps and history briefings, we will be able to help researchers, and shed more lights on this crime.