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Amnesty Intl: Egypt Did ‘Virginity Tests’

From the Agence France-Presse:

Amnesty slams Egypt for forced ‘virginity tests’

Wed Mar 23, 2011

CAIRO (AFP) – Amnesty International on Wednesday condemned the "shocking" treatment of women protesters in Egypt after serious allegations that the army subjected them to torture and forced "virginity tests".

The London-based rights group said that army officers violently cleared Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the focus of the uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak to resign last month, and held at least 18 women in military detention.

Women protesters said they were beaten, given electric shocks, subjected to strip searches while being photographed by male soldiers, then forced to submit to "virginity checks" and threatened with prostitution charges, Amnesty said.

"The Egyptian authorities must halt the shocking and degrading treatment of women protesters," the rights group demanded.

Mind you, the allegation is that the Egyptian military did this after Mubarak resigned. Which suggests that the radical leftists at Amnesty International are still not happy with the composition of the Egyptian government.

"All security and army forces must be clearly instructed that torture and other ill-treatment, including forced ‘virginity tests,’ will no longer be tolerated, and will be fully investigated.

"Those found responsible for such acts must be brought to justice and the courageous women who denounced such abuses be protected from reprisals."

Amnesty International pretty big talkers, from the safety of London.

Amnesty condemned forced virginity tests as "utterly unacceptable" and intended to "degrade women".

"Women and girls must be able to express their views on the future of Egypt and protest against the government without being detained, tortured, or subjected to profoundly degrading and discriminatory treatment," it said.

Amnesty said the 18 women were initially taken to a Cairo Museum annex where they were reportedly handcuffed, beaten with sticks and hoses, given electric shocks in the chest and legs, and called "prostitutes".

We suppose it would be okay if the Egyptian military did this to both sexes. But to single out women is just unfair.

Earlier this month, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that women were being shut out of political life in the aftermath of democracy revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia.

"In Egypt, the women who marched for freedom in Tahrir Square are now shut out of the committees and the councils deciding the shape of Egypt?s new democracy," Clinton said.

"The Constitutional Committee has not a single woman member," she said.

We follow the news fairly closely, but we have to admit this is the first we have heard of any such complaints from Ms. Clinton. (Who knows a thing or two about being degraded as a women.)

So perhaps the Obama administration is not quite happy with the current composition of the Egyptian government, either. The Muslim Brotherhood must not be holding enough sway.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 25th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Amnesty Intl: Egypt Did ‘Virginity Tests’”

  1. untrainable says:

    First of all can we please stop referring to the terrorist takeover of Egypt as a “democracy revolution”? Unless the progressives in the Oblamer regime have again changed the meaning of another word, the muslim brotherhood is ideologically about as far from democratic as the Tea Party is from Bawney Fwank and Nancy Pelosi.

    Isn’t it interesting that our president cheered these people on as secular democratic revolutionaries and now is curiously silent about the already mounting evidence that they are just another bunch of terrorist thugs. What should we do? I think it’s time for another speech, and maybe a visit so our moron-in-chief has the opportunity to bow to another leader bent on destroying the world as we know it.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Rest assured, that when given the opportunity, Obumbler will love to fill the air with words. Any opportunity to use multi-syllabic words and lofty airy sentences pleases the boy greatly. What do men of words do? They talk. What to men of action do? They take action. Seldom are they the same person. I think the nation’s founding fathers had well-spoken men of action. But they knew when it was a time to talk and a time to act. And actually, they talked very little, unless it was necessary. They politely listened much of the time to the discourse over remaining colonial or going another direction.

      But wet-diaper barry is all about the “optics” and the sound-bite. But I also love how he gets his nuts in a knot with his own words. What he said last week doesn’t match what he said yesterday and that won’t match what he’ll say tomorrow. It’s as if he erases from his memory everything he’s just said. And never….NEVER have I heard anyone call him on his past statements except Wolf Blister in his interview about Libya just this week. He pressed and pressed and McDonough simply mumbled his way through it. It’s actually an historic first. The first time, on the air, barry has been called to account for his own words, albeit through a junior troglodyte, his deputy security advisor, and held to task for it. And he FAILED. Not surprisingly…but fail he did. Hugely. Monumentally. Historically.


  2. JohnMG says:

    …..””The Egyptian authorities must halt the shocking and degrading treatment of women protesters,” the rights group demanded……”

    But Bill Maher gets a pass??


  3. GetBackJack says:

    Did anyone ask … how are these women bring “tested” for virginity?

    (this makes my hands clutch as if holding a giant sword, and the urge to go all Crusader on the men humiliating women)

  4. canary says:

    Virginity tests means bloody circumcisions that go on all over the world. Just as sweetness & light did the article in the UK.
    They are happening in America too, on muslim compounds.

    There is a doctor in the center of my woods that is a chemist biologist. Likes to study fertilizer. He also goes to India on private land where the Mecca where his relative live.
    The government has made him a “medical doctor” though he is not a doctor.
    His specialty service on the the largest muslim compound in India is “Gynecology” though he practices other medicine on humans. That’s why I don’t trust middle-easterner that come here to be doctors and nurses.
    Twice I’ve dealt with muslim nurses that can not speak English. You have to use your hands and repeat and show them what you are saying.

  5. wardmama4 says:

    These subhuman people are disgusting – and perverts too. Where is the condemnation from NOW? Oh, yeah I forgot the 112th Congress is attempting to defund the fraud that is PP – NOW has more important things to do than protect and defend the Women of the World.

  6. JohnMG says:

    …..”Did anyone ask … how are these women bring “tested” for virginity?…..”

    I know I’ll probably offend someone with this, but…….

    I’d say simply by lifting that shroud or balaclava or whatever it is they’re forced to wear and looking at their faces would probably be a tip-off.

  7. Tater Salad says:

    Proclamation to Abandon Islam

    We, the people of Iran and the world, regardless of our origins and beliefs, have come to the realization that it is not possible for a person to be a Muslim and live by the standards of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We hold Islam in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, by invading other lands, enslaving people, destroying their heritage and their way of life. We find Islam guilty of pursuing a multi-front attack, even to this day, on much of what is sacred to all civilized people. We consider Islam responsible for 1400 years of atrocities committed against the Iranian people and much of the Islamic world. We believe that Islam is the root of our problem therefore it must be abandoned.

    Islam is not hijacked by the terrorists. The terrorists are the true Muslims. Muhammad bragged “I have been made victorious with terror” [Bukhari: 4.52.220]. He raided massacred, looted and raped innocent people. Islam promotes hate, violence, misogyny, discrimination, intolerance, child abuse and murder.

    For the love of humanity, for the peace of the world and for the future of our children, we denounce Islam. We urge Muslims to leave this faith of hate and join the rest of mankind in amity. We are one people; let not prophets of hate like Hitler, Marx and Muhammad divide us with their big lies. We invite you to sign this petition and promote it. Peace cannot be attained unless hate is eliminated. Islam, like all ideologies of hate is the biggest impediment to peace.

    You may also sign this declaration here http://www.petitiononline.com/no2islam/petition.html

  8. beautyofreason says:

    I knew all I needed to know about the Egyptian “freedom protesters” when they beat and summarily gang raped a blond CNN reporter while shouting “Jew.”

    Sometimes I wonder if Obama wants the Middle East to fail miserably. Imagine the result of Muslim countries ousting their dictators, replacing them with hard core Islamic regimes. It could result in Arab unity for some sort of proto-Caliphate aimed at destroying Israel (a very real possibility) and targeting the West. It would advance the goals of radical Islam around the world. I wonder if Obama salivates thinking of such a possibility.

  9. Helena says:

    … a 2005 study found that over 95% of Egyptian women have undergone some form of FGC [circumcision].[91]

    Female genital cutting – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    As recently as 2005, a government health survey showed that 96 percent of … thousands of women interviewed said they had undergone the procedure… In the language of the survey, “The practice of female circumcision is virtually universal among women of reproductive age in Egypt.”

    Female circumcision focus of ferocious debate in Egypt – The New York Times

    Over 95%. What more do you need to know about Egyptian attitudes toward women?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      And yet, where’s NOW? Although the paradox is a huge mystery to conservatives, I’m sure they understand it somehow. It falls in line with the women who supported Bill (gettin’ some) Clinton even though he lied and lied and lied. His wife…by all accounts is actually the brunt of humiliation by staying with the guy solely for political reasons…thus making her a prostitute. Perhaps it is the secret desire of every ultra left female to be dominated by men. Rush said it….the only place ugly women can have a hot microphone.

      Perhaps at the very core of liberalism is complete and utter sexual dysfunction.

    • beautyofreason says:

      Very true, Helena. Remember last week when a group of Egyptian women rallied for equal rights? Those same women were participated in the revolution were treated very differently in the new order. The men pushed them around and threw stones at them, told to go home and make presidents rather than aspire to be a president of anything.

      I love the idea of motherhood as much as anyone, but to treat it as a weapon in order to silence thoughtful people is disturbing. I cannot imagine a more cowardly form of man than the Islamic one.
      And the liberal ignorance of it all…is revolting.

      Liberals naively believe that to support democracy is the gold standard in human rights, that nothing can be more fair than a popularity contest. Popularity by the majority is what brought us the slave trade – African victors sold members of rival tribes to the Europeans for export. Remember how the French killed thousands in the Reign of terror, beheaded a chemist with the byline “the Revolution has no need for genius,” and silenced the woman Olympe de Gouges for advocating political equality. Even genocide is sometimes done by popular consent – In WWII the Germans (maybe not most, but enough in the Nazi party) decided that Jews, gypsies, and a minority of dissenters had no right to live – In Rwanda, the Hutus decided that the Tutsis were nothing more than cockroaches.

      Without a Bill of Rights, democracy is just an exercise and one too prone to populist manipulation. Oscar Wilde had it right when he described democracy as “bludgeoning by the people, for the people.” In Egypt we’re seeing the effects of democracy in action. Though women make up half the country, fewer than half spoke up for equal rights, and those few are easily suppressed by the multitudes of strong-armed Muslim men. Those same “freedom protesters” are the guys who raped and beat a CNN reporter in the dozens. Can you imagine any peaceful protest where 20 – 30 people in the same time and location would be able to do such a thing? And it was the soldiers and women who pulled the CNN reporter from certain death, not the male “freedom protesters.” I wonder if the NYT will cover when the Muslim Brotherhood takes over and turns Egypt into a second, Sunni-oriented Iran. I bet Iran is loving these uprisings.

    • Helena says:

      You know, Rusty and bor, the same sorts of thoughts have certainly occurred to me. And even the NYT article I cited admitted that Egyptian men were not likely to give up their control over their women easily.

      It’s finally all about power and control. Part of that might be that the regular people feel so powerless because of the economic and political situation. But the islamic world is undeniably the very definition of sexual dysfunction. And the NOW dames are the definition of hypocrites.

      It’s easy to forget, since they have computers and modern technology (none of which they developed) but they are a very primitive society. They never had any of the social evolutions of the west, the revolutions of thought. The Renaissance, the Enlightenment never touched them. Since no one is allowed to talk about anything but koran koran koran from dawn to dusk, and women aren’t allowed to talk about anything at all, it seems.

      Things over there will never change until the women get up on their hind legs.

  10. eaglewingz08 says:

    How is it that ‘dumb’ Sarah Palin and millions of conservatives could see this coming within days of the Egyptian insurrection, but the ‘best and the brightest’ in Obama’s Administration could not? It’s almost like they’re really really stuuupid, or so politically correct that they couldn’t see the forest for the trees, or tell their arses from their elbows, or they really want islamist dictatorships to rule in the ME, and to screw our allies in the process?

    Chalk up another ‘smart power’ victory!
    Can’t wait to hear Obama’s ‘smart and bestest’ speech on Monday. Sure it will contain lots of belly laughs and hypocrisy.

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