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Azza Hilal Ahmad Suleiman

Egypt

Two years after she was brutally beaten by Egyptian soldiers, Azza Hilal Ahmad Suleiman is still seeking justice.

On December 17, 2011, Azza Hilal Ahmad Suleiman was protesting with a friend near Tahrir Square. As they were leaving, Azza and her friend saw a group of soldiers beating a young woman. The soldiers had torn off the woman's clothes, exposing her. When Azza and her friend tried to carry the badly beaten women away, the soldiers knocked Azza to the ground and shot her friend in the knee. They beat Azza until she lost consciousness, then kept beating her. Activists captured Azza's attack on video and posted it online, sparking outrage.

When Azza regained consciousness in the hospital, her skull was fractured. Her bed sheets needed to be changed repeatedly because they were soaked with blood. Azza remembers screaming with pain.

Azza's brother lodged a complaint against the army at a police station directly after the attack and she gave her testimony to the Public Prosecution two months later. The authorities have not held any member of the armed forces accountable and they have not given Azza any compensation, restitution or rehabilitation to aid in her recovery. In April 2013, the Cairo Appeals Court told Azza that investigations are still pending.

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Azza Hilal Ahmad Suleiman
6 Eltawfek Street
Elbanat Collage
Misr Elgadida
Cairo Egypt

WRITE TO THE PRESIDENT OF EGYPT

Call on him to bring Azza Hilal Ahmad Suleiman's attackers to justice.

Urge him to open independent investigations into all cases in which the security forces are reported to have used excessive force, and to see to it that all who have suffered human rights violations receive justice and full reparations.

Ask him to ensure that women protesters are not targeted for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression and assembly.

President Adly Mahmoud Mansour
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Al Ittihadia Palace
Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt
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