Egyptian military courts 'fail women' says Amnesty

By agency reporter
March 12, 2012

The acquittal of an Egyptian military doctor accused of carrying out forced 'virginity tests' on women protesters in Egypt is yet further proof that the country's military courts are incapable of dealing with cases involving human rights abuses, Amnesty International says.

The case arose from a complaint filed by Samira Ibrahim, 25, one of the women who endured the 'virginity tests' in March 2011.

Amnesty International Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui said: “Once again, the Egyptian military have failed women, particularly those like Samira Ibrahim, who have shown tremendous courage in challenging the military establishment in Egypt.

“This decision is not only a travesty of justice but further proof that cases of human rights abuses by the military should be dealt with in civilian courts.”

Amnesty has called on the Egyptian military to respect a decision by an administrative court banning 'virginity tests' and to ensure women who were forced to endure tests have access to justice and reparations.


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