28 December 2011

Egypt: EOHR Welcomes Stopping the Virginity Test

press release

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) welcomes the decision of the Administrative Court of the State Council, on December 27, 2011, for the lawsuit no. 45029, year 2011, concerning stopping conducting the virginity test for the detained Egyptian girls.

During the protests of March 9, 2011, Samira Ibrahim and other 17 girls were arrested and came under the virginity test; all of them filed the abovementioned lawsuit to cancel the decision of the Supreme Council for Armed Forces concerning conducting virginity test for detained girls.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, emphasized that the virginity tests for Egyptian girls at the military detention centers is a serious violation for the personal privacy. It does not comply with the women's rights either in the Egyptian laws or in the international standards of human rights.

Such occurrence is considered as an intimidation against any Egyptian girl participates in a protest, although the right to peaceful assembly is guaranteed by all the local and international standards of human rights. Both men and women achieved the Egyptian revolution together.

EOHR welcomes the decision of the Administrative Court of the State Council that is a victory for the Egyptian women and consolidation to their privacy principals. The SCAF should take the perpetrators, who conducted the tests to accountability.

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