Rights group: Egypt arrests, prosecutes children

Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) — A leading international rights group says Egyptian troops have arrested more than 300 children during protests in Cairo over the past year, beating and torturing some of the children and trying many as adults.

Human Rights Watch says the detentions occurred during protests against harsh measures imposed by the military in the wake of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

The military took over after Mubarak stepped down and ran the country until a new president was elected in June.

The New York-based group says the arrests and treatment of detained children violated Egyptian and international law.

It said in a report Tuesday that since he took office, President Mohammed Morsi has made a positive step in pardoning those charged or convicted of acts "in support of the revolution."

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