Cii Radio|Maulana Khalid Dhorat| 15 July 2016| 10 Shawaal 1437

The only thing different between the eternally- cursed Pharaoh of Sayyadina Musa (‘Alaihis Salaam)’s time and the Pharaoh of our time is that in those times, Ramesis II was a known pagan, who claimed divinity, and who unleashed a reign of terror upon the Israelite believers. However, the Sisi of our times, does not claim divinity, but very ably follows in the original Pharaohs footsteps in everything else. He is a master of disguise, just like many of our sellout Muslim leaders and politicians in the Muslim world.

In an article written by Maggie Michael which appeared on July 13, 2016 in the Washington Post, the writer brought to the attention of the world shocking statistics of the undercover brutal tactics of Sisi. Maggie’s report was based on findings by Amnesty International which concluded that the Egyptian president routinely uses abductions, torture and other shocking tactics to stifle peaceful (yes peaceful) dissent.

The article was prompted after Amnesty released a new report that says that there has been an “unprecedented spike” in enforced disappearances since early 2015 in Egypt under the pretext of fighting terrorism. Amnesty’s report — entitled “Egypt: ‘Officially, you do not exist’’’— documents 17 cases that the London-based group says reveal “the shocking and ruthless tactics” of the Egyptian authorities to crack down on government opponents. Rape, electric shocks, and arrests of other family members were also used to force victims to give false confessions, it said. Maggie’s article also states that victims range from political activists to children as young as 14 years old, adding that Amnesty’s report is based on more than 70 interviews with lawyers, non-government organizations, released detainees and family members of victims of torture and enforced disappearance.

Philip Luther, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at Amnesty International said that “the report exposes not only the brutality faced by those disappeared but also the collusion between national security forces and judicial authorities, who have been prepared to lie to cover their tracks or failed to investigate torture allegations, making them complicit in serious human rights violations.”
Luther noted that Egyptian authorities “have repeatedly denied that enforced disappearances exist in the country.”

After abductions, security authorities use torture to extract confessions, in sessions that last up to seven hours, Amnesty said. The report refers to a case of a 14-year-old boy whose name is provided by Amnesty, describing it as one of the most shocking cases of torture. It recounted the repeated rape and abuse of the teen, which Amnesty said was intended to extract confessions.

The boy was among five children whose cases Amnesty documented in the report. Luther appealed to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi to “order all state security agencies to stop enforced disappearances, torture and other forms of ill-treatment and make clear that anyone who orders, commits or is complicit in such violations will be brought to justice.”

Since Morsi’s forced removal, authorities have cracked down heavily on pro-democracy advocates, as well as Islamist supporters of Morsi. Egypt’s prisons and detention centers are packed with political opponents, and courts have issued heavy prison sentences, often with little evidence or due process. Prosecutors have vigorously applied vague charges such as endangering security or stability, while turning a blind eye to police abuses ranging from torture and forced disappearances to long detentions without charge.

Official records put the number of arrests at over 30,000 from 2013 to 2015. Hundreds more are held facing the death sentence, including Morsi, his supporters and leaders of the Brotherhood, which el-Sissi’s government has declared a terrorist organization. However, according to Maggie, some rights groups estimate that as many as 60,000 people have been detained for political reasons in Egypt since July 2013.

In a publicity stunt, six police officers were sentenced to up to seven years for beating a detainee to death. However, rights advocates say that even policemen who are convicted and sentenced in torture cases, are later released on appeal. Sheikh Abdus Salaam Jad Bassiuni, a prominent South African educationist and community leader, was also abducted in the like manner. After a prolonged incarceration which caused his health to severely deteriorate, he was released, but continues his sentence under house arrest in Egypt.

Amnesty also noted police involvement in the case of the disappearance, torture, and death of Italian doctoral student Giulio Regeni, who vanished on Jan. 25. His body was later found with torture marks near Cairo. Although Egyptian authorities have repeatedly denied that security agencies were involved in Regeni’s death, the case has soured Egyptian-Italian relations.

May the ummah be rid for once and for all of such tyrants and traitors – Ameen.

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