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Admission of Forced “Virginity Tests” in Egypt Must Lead to Justice

Posted in Articles, In the News by Solveig Hansen on 2011/06/02

You may have heard that a senior Egyptian general admitted to CNN that women protesters had been forced to undergo “virginity tests” in March. Even more outrageous than this admission? He justified the abuse saying the women:

were not like your daughter or mine. These were girls who had camped out in tents with male protesters.

This admission is an utterly perverse justification of a degrading form of abuse. The women were subjected to nothing less than torture!

Now is the time to ramp up our call for justice for the victims. The Egyptian authorities must bring those responsible for ordering or conducting forced “virginity tests” to justice. The Egyptian authorities must condemn these discriminatory, abusive and insulting attitudes which have been used to justify torture of women protesters, and which are clearly present at the highest levels.

Read more at Amnesty International.

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