Watchdogs: Egypt Ups Arrests of HIV-Positive Suspects in Crackdown Violating Human Rights
February 22, 2008
In a joint statement issued Feb. 15, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned that the arrests of 12 HIV-positive men in Egypt could undermine HIV/AIDS prevention efforts in the country, as people will be afraid to seek information and treatment for the disease.
Though police deny any HIV-related arrests, one law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity said there is a campaign to get persons who are registered as HIV-positive into "special clinics." The official said the four men police recently rounded up were sent to "precautionary hospital detention" for treatment.
HRW and London-based Amnesty said the latest arrests came after police followed up on information coerced from those already in custody. The watchdog groups are calling on Cairo to release all 12 men.
02.15.2008; Katarina Kratovac