Arab Spring hasn’t changed Egypt

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

I am dis­ap­pointed but not sur­prised that an Egyp­tian mil­i­tary tri­bunal ac­quit­ted Ahmed Adel, an army doc­tor who was ac­cused of per­form­ing a vir­gin­ity test on a fe­male pro­tester while she was in de­ten­tion (“Egypt ac­quits ‘vir­gin­ity test’ mil­i­tary doc­tor,” Web, Sun­day).

This trial was dis­turb­ing in sev­eral re­spects. First, it shows Egypt’s low re­gard and con­tempt for women. The main cul­prits, high-level mil­i­tary of­fi­cers who cre­ated the pol­icy for such hu­mil­i­at­ing vir­gin­ity tests, were not on trial. In fact, the court shame­fully in­sisted that no such tests were ever con­ducted, even though Amnesty In­ter­na­tional said in June that Egypt’s gen­er­als ac­knowl­edged car­ry­ing out such tests on fe­male pro­test­ers.

Sec­ond, this trial shows that even though the abu­sive and cor­rupt Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down from power in Egypt, things haven’t re­ally changed, as peo­ple’s rights are still be­ing tram­pled. KEN­NETH L. ZIM­MER­MAN Hunt­ing­ton Beach, Calif.

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