Rights group: Police torture increasing in Egypt

Police torture and organized state violence has been increasing in Egypt since people started demanding more democracy and justice four years ago, a human rights group said in a report released Monday. The report by the Egypt-based Nadim Center for Psychological Management and Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence said that between 2003 and 2006 Egypt saw an escalation of brutal torture at police stations and state security headquarters and at the same time witnessed more restrictions on freedoms including speech and the right to demonstrate. The Nadim Center said during the same three years, Egypt witnessed the "beginning of political mobilization demanding democracy and justice." "It's our third report testifying to three years of political oppression and police brutality. Three years of death under torture, added to 24 years of an emergency state that provides impunity and legal protection of torturers and stands in the way of justice," Nadim Center director Aida Said el-Dawla said, reading a statement. The Egyptian government did not immediately comment on the report.