NCHR plans to visit police stations to monitor violations
George Ishak - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) is planning to visit police stations to check on prisoner conditions and monitor any violations, NCHR Secretary-General George Ishaq told Youm7 Wednesday.

The council will draft a report about the state of human rights in Egypt to be sent to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and then to international bodies following a meeting on Aug. 4, Ishaq said.

He added that in recent months the council has monitored violations in a number of prisons and asserted the NCHR’s reports did report some violations.

The NCHR is a government-sponsored human rights group, and has come under criticism in the past for failing to report or ignoring alleged human rights violations.

On July 3, Amnesty International released a report documenting reported cases of torture and detention without charges in Egyptian prisons.

It said Egypt is still using methods of torture from the time of former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime despite promises to respect human rights and that violations continue at an “astonishing rate” and with impunity.

However, Mohamed Fayek, chairman of the NCHR, told the Mehwar satellite channel on March 18 that cases of torture in prisons had decreased significantly over the past three years, adding that “systematic torture ended in 2011.”

Additionally reporting by Abdel Lateef Sobh

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