Report: The Palestinian refugee women are sexually harassed in Egyptian jails

[ PIC 28/11/2013 – 03:10 PM ]

Refugees from Syria sleeping on the floor at Montaza 2nd police detention center in Alexandria

LONDON, (PIC)– The action group for the Palestinians in Syria strongly denounced what it described as the serious violations that are committed by Egyptian jailers against many Palestinian women who fled to Egypt from the war-torn Syria and were kidnapped and jailed by the Egyptian security apparatuses.

In a report, the group affirmed that all the Palestinian female detainees in Egypt are exposed to systematic sexual harassment by Egyptian prison officers and jailers.

The group added that the Palestinian refugees in Egypt’s jails are being held under inhumane incarceration conditions, and exposed to excruciating torture and maltreatment.

The group slammed the Palestinian Authority embassy in Cairo for ignoring the issue of about 296 Palestinian refugees who were arrested by the Egyptian security apparatuses after they took refuge in the Egyptian territories from the war raging in Syria.

The group said that the PA’s indifference to the affairs of its citizens in Egypt confirmed further its keenness on its own interests with the Egyptian military regime over the interests of its people and their suffering.

The group appealed to the international community to open an investigation into the exposure of Palestinian refugees to sexual harassment and torture in Egyptian jails, and held the UN high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) responsible for the international silence on the reported violations committed against the Palestinians in Egypt.

For his part, member of Hamas’s political bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk strongly criticized the persistent Egyptian media incitement against his Movement and the Palestinians and described it as reprehensible and unjustified.

“What could be possibly achieved from such incitement and repeated fabrications against Hamas and the Gaza Strip,” Abu Marzouk said on his facebook page on Wednesday.

He stressed that accusing Hamas and the Palestinians of carrying out terrorist attacks in Egypt is unjustified incitement against them, affirming that all the accusations made by the Egyptian media against the Palestinians are sheer lies.



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