Protect Egyptian Women from "Virginity Tests" and Torture
  • Petitioned Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton

Protect Egyptian Women from "Virginity Tests" and Torture

    1. Sponsored by

      Amnesty International USA

The Egyptian military may have just hit a disturbing, new low: at least 18 women who were arrested during a peaceful protest in Tahrir Square on March 9 said they were forced to take "virginity tests".

Those women were threatened with charges of prostitution if they "failed" the tests. One woman, who said she was a virgin but whose test supposedly proved otherwise, was beaten and given electric shocks. Make no doubt about it, this constitutes torture. The purpose of this test is to degrade women because they are women. This treatment is unacceptable. 

Twenty-year-old Salwa Hosseini told Amnesty interviewers that she was subjected to strip searches while male soldiers watched and took pictures.

These allegations fuel rising concerns that women, who were at the forefront of the protests that led to President Mubarak's resignation, are being forced into the background in the development of a new Egypt. 

The protests that began on January 25th did not occur so that Egypt could replace the shocking and degrading behavior by one regime with that of another. 

Call for an immediate investigation into the forced 'virginity testing' and other acts of torture and ill-treatment committed against women in Egypt. Egyptian women will not be left behind. They stood up then to demand an end to the repression. We stand with them now to demand justice.

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    1. Reached 12 signatures
    2. Egyptian protesters increasingly disillusioned with army

    3. The EU Parliament has condemned the "virginity tests"

    4. Egypt’s revolution is leaving women behind

    5. "In the marketplace of rights and demands jostling in the immediate vacuum of the transition of power, women's rights are the first to be relegated."

    6. Reached 6 signatures

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    • Bruce Whitney BIRMINGHAM, AL
      • about 3 years ago

      It is impossible to convey the full measure of my outrage at this vile practic. Freedom of expression to be punished with the violation of the most intimate personal privacy? Atroctious!

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    • Dianne Hillier LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 3 years ago

      Compassion is the source of happiness in life….Without loving kindness and compassion, there is no peace or happiness in the family, the society, the country, or the world. 'With the Medicine Buddha mantra you can liberate numberless sentient beings from oceans of suffering and bring them to enlightenment.' - Lama Zopa. Tayata Om Bekanze Bekanze Maha BeKanze Radza Samudgate Soha

      - Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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      • over 3 years ago

      Sec. Clinton,

      As a woman who has has reached one of the highest offices in the United States government, I urge you to do everything in your power to allow the women of Egypt the opportunity to do the same. They have shown such strength and commitment to the reform of their country, it would be a disgrace to everyone, man and woman, who has fought for woman's rights to see these Egyptian women condemned to a life of torture and silence.

      Sincerely,

      Meredith Berthelot

      Stow, OH

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    • Desire Joseph ABERDEEN, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 3 years ago

      Remember the Women of Iran.

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    • Vinessa Campbell NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      This is very sad. The last time that I was in Egypt was 1989 and women were isolated and scared. This is 2011. To the cowards who would remove her clothes and accuse this woman of

      prostitution I say you are all dick less.

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