Egypt has issued an order to close a prominent human rights organisation that documents complaints of torture in custody, the group said on Wednesday.
“Two policemen…turned up today at the centre with an administrative decision from the health ministry to close” it, Aida Seif el-Dawla, one of its founders, told AFP by phone.
“The decision did not give any reasons,” she said. “We managed to persuade them to postpone the closure until we went to the health ministry on Monday to understand the reasons.”
Said Boumedouha, the rights group’s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa, called on Egypt to “freeze the order to close the centre and provide it with a clear explanation of the reasons behind the order.”