Amnesty tells Egypt to probe mob attacks on women

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Amnesty International has called on Egyptian authorities to investigate reports of sexual assaults on women protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square in order to end impunity for repeated attacks.

The London-based rights group said Monday women are singled out by mobs for sexual harassment and assaults in the epicenter of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak last year. The group said the attacks are an attempt to intimidate women and prevent them from participating in public life.

In the face of a rise in violent attacks on women, activists organized a rally Friday to demand an end to the harassment. A group of men attacked the rally, groping women, tearing their clothes off and robbing them despite attempts by men to fend them off. Amnesty said authorities never investigated the attacks

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