Amnesty Intl. warns of catastrophic decline in human rights in Egypt

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Amnesty International says there has been a catastrophic decline in the human rights situation in Egypt.

The London-based rights body has issued a statement saying that Egypt has been failing at every level since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi last year. Amnesty has cited a surge in arrests, detentions, and harrowing incidents of torture and deaths. The statement noted that thousands of Morsi supporters have been detained or faced trial on a variety of charges. Amnesty International said the evidence it has gathered shows that torture is routine in police stations and unofficial places of detention, and specifically targets supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. The rights group has urged the new government of President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to open independent and impartial investigations into all alleged crimes.