ARABS CONTINUE WIDESPREAD USE OF TORTURE
CAIRO [MENL] -- Arab regimes continue to employ the widespread use of torture against political
detainees, a new report said.
The Cairo-based Arab Organization for Human Rights said in a new 250-page report that Arab regimes
such as Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Sudan have killed dissidents in detention. They said most
Arab regimes repress any form of peaceful protest.
"The most dangerous was the phenomenon of torture practiced in some countries and the death of
detainees brought about by suspected torture in a number of them," the report said. "In other
countries, all forms of peaceful protest were repressed, which claimed the lives of numerous people
and were accompanied by massive arrests, restriction of freedom of the press, closure of a number of
newspapers and detention and imprisonment of journalists in matters connected to their professional
The organization, itself, has been the object of Egyptian authorities. Last year, the regime of
President Hosni Mubarak tried to close down the human rights group.
The annual report, released on Sunday, said some progress was achieved in human rights in several
Arab countries. The report cited the release of thousands of political and civilian prisoners in
Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt and Syria.
Another positive change, the report said, was the improvement in the rights of women in Egypt,
Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.