Egypt: Gender-based violence against women around Tahrir Square

Index Number: MDE 12/009/2013

Violent sexual assaults against women have surged in and around Tahrir Square in recent months. President Morsi must take immediate action to ensure that all incidents of sexual assault and harassment of women in that vicinity are effectively investigated and perpetrators brought to justice. Until the pervasive climate of impunity for such acts ends, women will continue to face violent attacks while their attackers brazenly go unpunished. Long overdue legal and institutional reforms must also be introduced to stop repetition of such crimes and end impunity.

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