Trying to get back to stories that have little or nothing to do with the Chinese coronavirus, we find a report from Human Rights Watch regarding supposedly systemic human rights abuses from Egypt when it comes to children.
According to Human Rights Watch, “torture crimes against detainees in Egypt are systematic, widespread and likely constitute crimes against humanity.”
In a rather lengthy report, they detail numerous instances from people who were supposedly detained by Egyptian authorities without due process and subject to torture and mistreatment, with some being sentenced to death for damaging property.
“International law and Egypt’s Child Law prohibit the use of the death penalty for children. But Egyptian judicial authorities provisionally sentenced Karim (a child) to death in April 2019 for crimes allegedly committed when he was 17 years old, during a protest that damaged the façade of a hotel but caused no injuries or deaths.”
Egyptian officials supposedly tortured the kid until he confessed, but when there was public outcry over the death sentence of a child, the judge in the case cancelled the boy’s death sentence and gave him a sentence of 10 years in prison (which is still ridiculous, but a better alternative).
Now, I will take what Human Rights Watch says with a grain of salt. After all, one of their articles on their site lambasts Ohio and Texas for “cancelling” abortions amid the Wuhan virus crisis, apparently because these people do not believe in human rights for the unborn, so I have little reason to trust anything they say about any subject matter.
However, I will choose to trust them to a certain extent on this subject because I know how backwards Egypt (and much of the Middle East) is in terms of human rights and would 100% believe these savages to be capable of such things.
But regardless, let’s get back to the report.
According to HRW: “Fourteen of the children whose cases are documented in this report said they were tortured in pre-trial detention, usually during interrogation. In two additional cases, one child was verbally threatened into confessing to crimes, and another was badly beaten by prison guards.”
“One boy said his interrogators tied him to a chair for three days. Seven children said security officers electrocuted them during interrogation, including two children who said officers subjected them to shocks in the face with Taser-type stun guns, and two who said officers electrocuted them on their genitals.”
“Two other children, ages 14 and 17, detained in separate cases, said after authorities forcibly disappeared them security officials suspended them from their arms and dislocated their shoulders. The 14-year-old said that another prisoner who happened to be a doctor was able to re-set his joints in their prison cell. The 17-year-old said that during one interrogation, an officer forced his mouth open and spat in it. After a week of being tortured in detention, he confessed to destroying public property.”
The report notes of plenty of other cases in which children were tortured, humiliated and abused, but I think you get the picture. Assuming HRW isn’t lying here, we are learning here about a systemic procedure of human rights abuses, despite international and Egyptian law in the books, largely because of the totalitarian despot that forced out the former leader of Egypt (who was a Muslim Brotherhood member, so he wasn’t exactly a benevolent ruler either, not that the HRW will bother to mention that or the fact that the current leader is also a Muslim).
The report also notes how unjust any semblance of due process is in the backwards country, with children being tried in military courts and being detained with hardly any due process. Much of the torture of children happens in detention and interrogation before any “trial” actually happens, and a trial is hardly fair either, with a court having sentenced a THREE-YEAR-OLD to LIFE IMPRISONMENT, alongside 116 other defendants in a mass trial over alleged PROTESTS. So yeah, Egypt is utterly corrupt in terms of morality and justice.
Now, as previously mentioned, Egypt has laws that are meant to protect children from the very things they are being subjected to. But words on paper hardly mean anything if they are not enforced. The laws on the books, in any country, are irrelevant if they are not enforced. For example, according to USA Today, it’s illegal to “profanely curse and swear or use obscene language upon or near any street, sidewalk or highway within the hearing of persons passing by, upon or along such street, sidewalk or highway” in Rockville, Maryland.
That is among one of the strangest, dumbest and most random laws in the books in the country. But do you think that any member of the Rockville police department is listening out for people with a potty mouth, soap in holster? Do you think such a law is enforced? Of course not. The letter of the law is irrelevant if it is not enforced.
Now, while I know there is PLENTY of difference between that random, silly law and law meant to protect children from TORTURE, the point remains: the law is just a piece of paper unless it is enforced.
Law enforcement in Egypt, likely at the behest of Egyptian leaders, do not care one wit about enforcing such a law. That’s how despotic leaders work. They either have the law on their side, writing whatever law they want, or they ignore existing law to benefit themselves.
That’s what’s happening in Egypt and why I am willing to trust, to an extent, what Human Rights Watch is reporting here.
Bill Van Esveld, HRW associate children’s rights director, said: “Children are described being waterboarded and electrocuted on their tongues and genitals, and yet Egypt’s security forces are facing no consequences.”
Again, can’t really be surprised because this is simply what authoritarians do. They don’t care about the life of anyone, including children. They only care about themselves and their own power.
I believe I’ve shared this story somewhere else before (can’t quite remember in what article), but Joseph Stalin allowed his own SON to be captured and kept by the Nazis, despite the fact that he could’ve saved him with a prisoner exchange, and chose not to do so because he held no love for him. These people don’t care about THEIR OWN FAMILY, much less about the families of others.
Assuming that Human Rights Watch isn’t stretching the truth at any point in their report, I pray that there is a major change in Egypt, not only in terms of leadership, but in terms of their souls.
“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.”
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