Samira Ibrahim and Rasha Abdel-Rahman v. Egypt 

On 9 March 2011, Samira Ibrahim Mohamed Mahmoud and Rasha Ali Abdel Rahman, two female Egyptian citizens, were arrested by military officials in Tahrir Square for their participation in a protest during the Egyptian Uprising. After their arrest, they allege that they were held in a military prison, beaten and subjected to electroshocks. They claim that they were both, in separate incidents, stripped naked in full view of other male military officers. Following this, a military doctor subjected them to forced genital examinations. No explanation was given for the examinations. 

In March 2012, a military court found the doctor accused of performing the forced genital examinations innocent of all charges. In the wake of this decision, Samira and Rasha, decided to bring the case before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, as the main regional human rights mechanism. Their cases were filed with the assistance of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and Interights. REDRESS joined the case in December 2013.

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