Rights group accuses Egyptian army of torturing demonstrators
An Egyptian army soldier sits atop an armored vehicle as workers clear away plywood and debris used by protesters during clashes outside the Ministry of Defense in Cairo, Egypt
Published Saturday, May 19, 2012 2:20PM EDT
CAIRO, Egypt - Human Rights Watch has accused the Egyptian military of beating and torturing protesters arrested during demonstrations early this month.
The New York-based group says in a statement Saturday that by permitting such behaviour from its soldiers, the military "enables further abuse."
Joe Stork, the group's deputy director for the Middle East, says that "the brutal beating of both men and women protesters shows that military officers have no sense of limits on what they can do."
HRW also criticized soldiers who did nothing as apparent supporters of Egypt's military rulers opened fire May 2 on protesters holding a sit-in outside the Defence Ministry, killing nine people.
Days later, the military detained some 350 protesters. HRW says at least 256 of them remain in detention.