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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Samira Ibrahim Wins Her Case

Samira Ibrahim, the only victim of last spring's notorious "virginity tests" in Egypt who had the courage to take her case to court, has finally had her day in court, has was won her case, with the Administrative Court ordering military prisons not to perform such tests. Though the Military Prosecutor has said the decision is moot since no procedures existed for the tests and a doctor involved (unnamed) was being prosecuted, and the military could still appeal the ruling.

Samira Ibrahim's claim for compensation has not yet been argued; this decision addressed the "urgent" part of the case by ordering the procedures stopped. But it still represents a victory in that it establishes the procedure is unacceptable.

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