Ikhwanweb :: The Muslim Brotherhood Official English Website

Thu93 2020

Last update18:06 PM GMT

Back to Homepage
Font Size : 12 point 14 point 16 point 18 point
:: Arab Revolutions > EGYPT
Aqrab Detainees Hunger-Strike Continues for Second Month
Aqrab Detainees Hunger-Strike Continues for Second Month
Political Prisoners at Aqrab Prison, Egypt's Guantanamo, start a second month of continuous hunger-strike in protest of brutal ill-treatment, torture and extreme humiliation used by junta authorities to punish all those perceived as coup opponents.
Friday, April 8,2016 22:42

 Since June 30, 2013, the military coup regime in Egypt deliberately pursued a systematic and brutal policy targeting its political opponents, especially symbols of patriotic work in the country. This policy has ominously evolved, from arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearances to extrajudicial killings and politicized judicial decisions against thousands of opponents in trials that fail all standards of fair trial.

Moreover, junta authorities throw dissidents in dungeons, prisons, police stations and other places of detention unfit for human accommodation, not to mention the extreme ill-treatment political prisoners suffer in all jails across Egypt. The worst and most infamous of these being Aqrab Prison – part of the Tora high-security prison complex, also known as the political prisoners' graveyard or Egypt's Guantanamo.

Indeed, the infamous Aqrab is a harsh high-security prison, one of the most notorious forts of torture in Egypt. Detainees held in Aqrab are subjected to the worst treatment, which includes the following:

First: Terrible food (extremely poor quality and quantity).

Second: Tremendously overcrowded cells.

Third: Almost total absence of health care for prisoners.

Fourth: No medical specialists.

Fifth: Intransigence and ill-treatment of families during visits.

Sixth: Torture inside the prison.

Seventh: Slow death inside the prison.

This policy led to the death of a number of prisoners, including Dr. Farid Ismail, member of parliament; Mohamed Falahgy, member of parliament; Dr. Tarek Ghandour; Essam Derbala, engineer; Imad Hassan; Morgan Salem. Hundreds of detainees are now at risk of death in Aqrab Prison because coup authorities deliberately prevent them from getting essential medical treatment.

Lately, the situation worsened to the extent that Major General Hassan Al-Sohagi, Assistant Minister of Interior for the prison sector, personally made death threats to political detainees (on February 2016), saying that he had a Carte Blanche to get rid of them, which forced prisoners to start a hunger-strike on February 17.

Now, Aqrab political prisoners (more than 200) continue their hunger-strike, although Aqrab Prison administration have not heeded the strike at all. Furthermore, coup prison authorities have so far ignored strikers' essential medical needs, and even proceeded to punish them by preventing visits altogether.
tags: Coup / Political Prisoners / Hunger-Strike / Anti-Coup / Pro-Legitimacy / Egyptians / Revolution / Massacres / Egyptian People / Military Coup / Egyptian Army / Political Detainees / Justice System / Egyptian Judiciary
Posted in EGYPT  
Related Articles
Political Prisoners' Families: Aqrab Prison Hunger-Strikers Protest Persistent, Escalating Violations
Pro-Democracy Alliance in Qena: Interior Ministry Responsible for Ill Political Prisoners Life
Political Prisoners Plea from Tanta Main Jail
Muslim Brotherhood Statement on Political Prisoners Hunger Strike
Egypt Lawyer: More than 140 Underage 'Political Prisoners' Detained in Coup Jails
MB MP demands government's disclosure of political prisoners' whereabouts
HRW and Amnesty call on Egyptian regime to release political prisoners
MB Chairman calls for the release of all political prisoners
Amnesty says Tunisia gov’t must end harassment of former political prisoners
Families in Al-Khalil appeal for transferring political prisoners from Jericho
Hamas: The release of 20 political prisoners from PA jails is a silly game
Gaza government welcomes unity talks, calls for releasing political prisoners
Rights Watch Demands Egyptian Regime Stop Torturing Political Prisoners
Syria’s Assad pardons 190 political prisoners
Libyan Political Prisoners Start Strike
Libya frees political prisoners
Egyptian Intellectuals Press for Release of Political Prisoners
Egypt: Skepticism Over Govm’t. Release of Political Prisoners
Essam Al Erian Calls For Freedom For All Political Prisoners
UN Urge Egypt to release Political Prisoners Before HR Council Election