GOOD NEWS: FRENCH COURT CONDEMNS MAURITANIAN TORTURER UNDER 'UNIVERSAL COMPETENCE'
The world is continuing to give us hope in our struggle against brutality and the continuous violation of human rights in Egypt. The story is not directly related to Egypt but it is related to the human struggle against torture.
In Egypt's referendum day on reform on May 25 this year, police officers were ordered to sexually harass women demonstrators, to the extent of tearing apart their underwear. I have heard of police hitting, opening water pumps on demonstrators but to harass women and to try to rape them that was appalling and shocking. I was filled with disgust. But this is not the answer, to be only filled with disgust. Now, here is an eye-opener to get our rights, international courts are opening doors to criminals.
I was so impressed by those courageous journalists who went to Egyptian police stations to report incidents, knowing that Egypt is relatively conservative society when it comes to women. The answer of those courageous women was that "our honor is worthless when it comes to the honor of our country" (I m not so sure that everyone here will understand the cultural nature of such statements).
Let's remember here that Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon who ordered the arrest of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Let's not lose hope. Let's pay him tribute(the Spanish Judge not Pinochet).
The day is coming when those officials, officers, ministers and that president and his family will be traveling to the lavishing pretty cities of France and get arrested there. We are now counting on the French after this precedent. Let's hope that the President who gets treatment in Germany every year, be arrested in Frankfurt airport. Let's hope that every criminal responsible for torturing and killing Egyptians in prisons be arrested everywhere in the world. Let's hope that the day will come when the regime of Mubarak will be asked where are the years of the young Egyptians that have been wasted because he wasted all their chances for a decent life to fully utilize their potentials for the future of Egypt.
Keep writing the lists of tortured and the torturer and keep counting the names, because the day will come.
Here is the story of the French court.