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Egypt/Sudan: Traffickers Who Torture

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Traffickers have kidnapped, tortured, and killed refugees, most from Eritrea, in eastern Sudan and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, according to dozens of interviewees said Human Rights Watch. Egypt and Sudan have failed to adequately identify and prosecute th


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Gillian M (218)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 4:20 pm
Traffickers have kidnapped, tortured, and killed refugees, most from Eritrea, in eastern Sudan and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, according to dozens of interviewees said Human Rights Watch. Egypt and Sudan have failed to adequately identify and prosecute the traffickers and any security officials who may have colluded with them, breaching both countries’ obligation to prevent torture.

The 79-page report, “‘I Wanted to Lie Down and Die:’ Trafficking and Torture of Eritreans in Sudan and Egypt,” documents how, since 2010, Egyptian traffickers have tortured Eritreans for ransom in the Sinai Peninsula, including through rape, burning, and mutilation. It also documents torture by traffickers in eastern Sudan and 29 incidents in which victims told Human Rights Watch that Sudanese and Egyptian security officers facilitated trafficker abuses rather than arresting them and rescuing their victims. Egyptian officials deny there are trafficker abuses in Sinai, allowing it to become a safe haven for traffickers.

“Egyptian officials have for years denied the horrific abuse of refugees going on under their noses in Sinai,” said Gerry Simpson, senior refugee researcher for Human Rights Watch and author of the report. “Both Egypt and Sudan need to put an end to torture and extortion of Eritreans on their territory, and to prosecute traffickers and any security officials colluding with them.”

Since June 2013, the Egyptian authorities have intensified security operations in Sinai in response to almost weekly assassinations and attacks on police and military officers by Sinai-based groups. Security officials should ensure that their law enforcement operations include identifying and prosecuting traffickers, Human Rights Watch said.

The report draws on 37 interviews with Eritreans by Human Rights Watch and 22 by a nongovernmental organization in Egypt. The people interviewed said they had been abused for weeks or even months, either near the town of Kassala in eastern Sudan or near the town of Arish in northeastern Sinai, near Egypt’s border with Israel. Human Rights Watch also interviewed two traffickers, one of whom acknowledged that he tortured dozens of people. The report also draws on interviews conducted by other nongovernmental organizations outside Egypt who have interviewed hundreds of torture victims, and on statements by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) relating to its interviews of hundreds of such victims.

For the rest of the article and video please go to the page. It is an important read/watch.

Sue Matheson (79)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 4:53 pm

Rahman Qureshi (76)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 5:36 pm
Slavery and Islam go hand in hand, especially when it comes to the enslavement of blacks. There is a 1400+ year history of slavery in Islam, which continues through today though "officially" banned in Muslim countries.

The human rights violations of Eritreans by Muslims is also seen in the kidnapping, raping, torturing, mutilation and murder of Ethiopians trying to get into Saudi Arabia through Yemen. It is not as though their lives would be great in Saudi Arabia, as Muslims there also consider blacks or any foreign worker to be their slaves. But many Ethiopians don't even make it to Saudi Arabia but get trapped in Yemen.

Qur'an 47:4, as scholarly Islamic interpretations of the verse attest, allows Muslims the choice on what to do with captured peoples. They can free them, sell them, ransom them, kill them. Captured females are 100% fair game for Muslims to rape them based on the so-called "holy" Qur'an in Sura 4:3, 4:24, 23:6, 24:33, 33:50-52, 70:30, and the many saying of "prophet" Muhammad.

The Muslim country of Mauritania has about 20% of the blacks there enslaved by Muslims. That's about 800,000 blacks enslaved in just one Muslim country - today!

According to a recent U.S. State Department report documenting current human trafficking and slavery, Muslim countries in the Middle East and north-central Africa lead the world in human trafficking. Of the 17 countries that were given the "Tier 3" listing reserved for the worst offenders, the majority (nine) were Muslim countries or countries with a large Muslim population from these two regions.

Tier 3 countries are defined as those “whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards" of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 and "are not making significant efforts to do so.”

The Middle Eastern countries with Tier 3 status are Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Syria. The north-central African countries are Mauritania, Chad, Sudan, Niger and Eritrea, all of which have very large Muslim populations.

Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE and Lebanon are on the Tier 2 Watchlist – one step above Tier 3.

Slavery and other human rights violations go hand in hand when it comes to Islam.

Stan B (123)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 8:48 pm
Well said, Rahman. There isn't anything I can add.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Monday February 24, 2014, 12:08 am
The day will come when all of these people who do these evil deeds will pay the huge price!! By then it will be too late for them to repent!

. (0)
Monday February 24, 2014, 4:44 pm
Noted & posted

Hilary S (65)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 2:00 am
human rights are a myth in too many places, where crimes somehow justified by religion.

Lona G (67)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 5:27 am
Human traffic is abhorrent, inhuman and vile and stems from one thing, and one thing only: greed and lust for money. It happens everywhere in the world and the picture is the same everywhere. People desperate to get out of a country for one reason or another, be it war, poverty and hunger or persecution become victims of human traffickers who extort their and their familie's life-savings from them and then dump them, often leaving them to drown, die of exhaustion or exposure. It happens in the Americas, Europe and Asia, everywhere and irrespective of nationality or religion and it is all for money.

Human Rights Watch has many, many more of these stories from all over the world and doing a great job bringing them to the attention of all. And it works because now even the UN has started its United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking. Thugs like these Egyptians and Sudanese and the officials that help them must and will be caught and tried.

Gillian M (218)
Wednesday February 26, 2014, 12:07 pm
Lona, the UN will talk a great talk and do absolutely nothing because the loudest voices are from those doing this! There are over 20 million slaves in the Muslim controlled Middle East so they have no interest in trying to stop it.

P. L. Neola (21)
Thursday February 27, 2014, 1:24 am
“By 2011, Israel had completed large sections of a 240-kilometer fence along its border with Sinai to keep them out. Since then, traffickers have continued to kidnap Eritreans in eastern Sudan and sell them to Egyptian traffickers in Sinai. Every Eritrean Human Rights Watch interviewed who had arrived in Sinai in 2012 said that traffickers had taken them from Sudan to Egypt against their will.”

It sounds a lot like what is going on at our United States-Mexico Border. We do not have a 240-kilometer fence separating the countries. Actually, despite the very small sections of fencing, there really is no fencing separating the countries.

To be honest, with or without fencing, the same criminal activities would still be going on at both borders: the Israel-Egypt Border and the United States-Mexico Border.
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