Sexual assault in Egypt going unpunished, group says

Screen capture from video allegedly showing a woman being attacked by a mob in Tahrir Square, Cairo, November 2011

CAIRO — Sexual violence against women has been rife since the 2011 uprising in Egypt, where hundreds of female protesters have been the target of attack with apparent impunity, rights groups said Wednesday.

“Successive Egyptian governments have failed to address violence against women, with serious implications for women’s participation in the political transition of their country,” said a group of rights organizations led by FIDH, the International Federation for Human Rights.

Sexual assaults on women protesters were reported during demonstrations after the 2011 fall of Hosni Mubarak, and then under the military junta which ruled Egypt after him and again during protests against president Mohammed Morsi, they said in a report.
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“However, as of March 2014, not a single perpetrator had yet been brought to justice,” said the report, which quoted several victims on their experiences.

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