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CLIP 14356

Female protester recalls her torture by the Egyptian military

Female protester recalls her torture by the Egyptian military

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Key Info
  • Female protester recalls her torture by the Egyptian military
  • Duration: 02:39
  • Nel Hedayat, a young girl from London, meets Samira Ibrahim who tells her about the physical abuse she suffered at the hands of the Egyptian military. Samira was arrested for being involved in a demonstration calling for constitutional change in Egypt. She explains how she was held without access to food, water or the use of toilet facilities for four days, during which time soldiers also repeatedly beat her, gave her electric shocks and subjected her to a humiliating 'virginity test'. She says she felt as if she had been raped. The other women arrested in the protest have remained silent about their experiences, but Samira has refused too, and has taken the military-led government to court. The military denied using torture, but admit the tests did take place. Since filming, an Egyptian court has banned virginity tests for female detainees. First broadcast on 'Riots and Revolutions: My Arab Journey' in March 2012.
  • Subject:

    Citizenship and Modern Studies


    International Conflict

  • Keywords: RiotsandRevolutions, Arab Spring, human rights, dignity, rape, protest, democracy, freedom, religion, women
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be useful in discussions about human rights, the United Nations UDHR, non-violent protest, freedom of speech or women's rights. It could also be used as a stimulus to examine the work of Amnesty International and the role of women in Islam.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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