Egypt torturing kids as young as 12 in huge crackdown: report

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Egypt torturing kids as young as 12 in huge crackdown: report

They are being regularly swept up in raids, then electrocuted and waterboarded, among other horrors

Raf Sanchez

Egyptian security forces have tortured hundreds of children in recent years, including giving them electric shocks on their tongues and genitals and making them stand on beds of nails, human rights activities have said.

An investigation by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Belady, an Egyptian children’s charity, found children as young as 12 were regularly swept up in raids and abused while in detention. One boy, named only as Hamza, was arrested in 2016 for taking part in a protest as a 14-year-old. “During the first two days of his interrogation, officers used electric shocks on his genitals, head and tongue. On the third day he was suspended by his arms, which dislocated both his shoulders,” a relative said. He spent his 15th birthday with nails placed under his heels, forcing him to stand painfully on the tips of his toes to keep his weight from coming down on the spikes, according to the report.

“Children are describing being waterboarded and electrocuted on their tongues and genitals, and yet Egypt’s security forces are facing no consequences,” said Bill van Esveld, the HRW associate children’s rights director...

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