An international rights group says Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has given a “green light” to systematic torture inside detention facilities, allowing officers to act with “almost total impunity.”
In a 63-page report released today, Human Rights Watch says Sissi, a US ally who was warmly received at the White House earlier this year, is pursuing stability “at any cost,” and has allowed the widespread torture of detainees, despite it being outlawed by the Egyptian constitution.
Sissi “has effectively given police and National Security officers a green light to use torture whenever they please,” says Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at the New York-based group. “Impunity for the systematic use of torture has left citizens with no hope for justice.”
The allegations, the group says, amount to crimes against humanity.
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the report.