08 Jun '11, 1am

Egypt military rulers vow no more virginity tests: HRW: CAIRO - EGYPT'S military rulers have promised that women...

CAIRO - EGYPT'S military rulers have promised that women in custody will not be subjected to virginity tests in future, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. An apparent admission by a general last month in an interview with CNN that some female protesters detained in March had been forced to undergo the tests sparked an outcry, with Amnesty International calling the practice 'nothing less than torture'. But HRW executive director Kenneth Roth told a Cairo news conference that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which has ruled Egypt since the ouster of veteran president Hosni Mubarak in February, had now promised the practice would be ended. 'The SCAF did say that it ordered an end to these virginity tests,' Roth said after talks between an HRW delegation and senior officials including Prime Minister Essam Sharaf. 'While it continued to deny that they have done anythin...

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