Egypt: Amnesty condemns "virginity tests," sexual abuse of female protesters, journalists

Amnesty International has issued a report condemning the sexual abuse of female demonstrators and reporters who were present at anti-government protests. Army officers detained the women, beat them with sticks and hoses, tortured them with electric shocks, stripped them and photographed them while naked. A man in a white lab coat forcibly performed "virginity tests" on the women. This, too, was photographed. Women deemed "not virgins," falsely or otherwise, were threatened with being "exposed as prostitutes" publicly; a condemnation that in Egypt carries with it far heavier social penalties than here in the US. Previous Boing Boing item here.