Egypt's official rights body notes torture, violations

Egypt's government-sanctioned human rights body says it has received reports of torture and forced disappearances, reflecting the findings of local and international human rights groups.

The head of the National Council for Human Rights, Mohammed Fayek, said Sunday it has also received complaints about poor conditions in prisons, adding that law enforcement officials deny the allegations.

Authorities launched a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent after the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013. Thousands of people, mainly his Islamist supporters but also a number of well-known secular activists, have been arrested.

Rights activists say that police under President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who as defense minister led Morsi's overthrow, are acting with near total impunity, torturing suspects, abusing detainees and making random arrests.