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NGO reports 754 extrajudicial killings in 2016


June 8, 2016
Abdullah Sinani
An Egyptian rights group that treats victims of torture has said that extrajudicial killings by security forces have surged, with 754 people killed so far this year.

The Nadeem Centre said it had documented the cases based on print, online and social media reports. It said there were 326 such killings in all of 2015.

In a statement attached to its report, it called for “justice” for what it described as “crimes” of the state.

Aida Seif al-Dawla, a psychiatrist and one of the centre’s co-founders, said that “most of the killings were from shootings or airstrikes” that took place in the troubled Sinai Peninsula.

Authorities have ordered the closure of the Nadeem Centre over its human rights advocacy but it is still operating as it contests the order in court, with a hearing scheduled for July 10.

Egypt denies accusations by local and international human rights groups that torture is widespread in its detention facilities, saying there are only isolated incidents and that perpetrators are disciplined.

 

Source: Different agencies

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