Offbeat Egypt: Nearly 50 executions in October according to Human Rights Watch

17:25  22 october  2020
17:25  22 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Egypte: près d'une cinquantaine d'exécutions en octobre selon Human Rights Watch © Supplied by Le Point

Egypt carried out 49 executions in 10 days in October, according to a count released by Human Rights Watch on Thursday , which calls on the Egyptian authorities "to immediately stop" the killings.

The human rights organization, which relies in particular on information published in pro-government newspapers, specifies that "the government usually never announces executions, nor informs the families of prisoners".

Among those executed are 15 men accused of being involved in three separate cases of political violence, said HRW in its statement.

Three of them are accused of having been involved in the violent attack in 2013 on a police station in Kerdassa, a suburb of Cairo deemed to be an Islamist stronghold, according to HRW, which quotes the Al-Shehab Center for Human Rights.

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Ten others were found guilty of attacks claimed by the jihadist group Ajnad Masr in 2014-2015, and two others for a violent demonstration in Alexandria in 2013.

Among these 15 convicted, 13 were held in a Cairo prison, which has was the scene in September of a violent incident in which four prisoners and four guards were killed.

"The habit of the Egyptian authorities of executing death row detainees after attacks on security forces makes the end of executions even more urgent," said Joe Stork, deputy director for the Middle East, in the statement and North Africa for HRW.

Meanwhile, HRW reports that among the 34 other people executed, including two women, some were accused of criminal acts, such as murder and rape.

The organization estimates that under the presidency of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, elected in 2014, Egypt became one of the 10 countries practicing the most death sentences.

Since the removal by the army in Egypt in 2013 of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and the coming to power the following year of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a growing repression has descended on all forms of opposition, Islamist or liberal.

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