Egyptian security forces stand guard outside one of the entrances of Tora prison in Cairo.
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An international rights group says Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has given a "green light" to systematic torture inside detention facilities, allowing officers to act with "almost total impunity". In a 63-page report released Wednesday, Human Rights Watch says Sisi, a U.S. ally who was warmly received at the White House earlier this year, is pursuing stability "at any cost," and has allowed the widespread torture of detainees despite such practices being outlawed by the Egyptian constitution.Human Rights Watch says Egypt arrested or charged some 60,000 people in the two years after Mohammad Morsi, a Brotherhood leader who became Egypt's first freely elected president, was overthrown following a divisive year in power.Several officers have been tried and convicted of torture, while others have been acquitted.
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