The Uprising of Prisons continues along with death penalty sentences against detainees
Human Rights Monitor reported several violations against the political detainees that have reached around 22000 prisoners for more than 10 months now, with no trial nor legal procedures. There are different violations between depriving the prisoners of their right to communicate with the outside world, detaining them in illegal places, killing them by torture or by neglecting their medical conditions... Up till now, there are 22 cases of death inside the prisons due to torture and depriving them from their medications and necessary medical care.
Furthermore, children and minors are suffering from arbitrary detention, and till now there are 1250 children detained in illegal places such as prisons and cells with adults and criminals, which is a violation to the Child Law and the Child treaty on which Egypt has signed back in 1989. 704 women are also being arbitrarily detained and suffering from severe torture to the extent of causing total paralyze, as well as sexual harassment and rape inside police stations and prisons, while the criminals are not being punished.
In effect, people are being detained randomly, without any court authorization, in illegal places like police stations and Military centers, as well as state security bases, mostly in unknown places. At the beginning of their detention, they disappear for a long time before they get transferred to prisons, and after they suffer from torture in police stations, as well as in prison. A lot of political detainees are being held in solitary confinement, like all detainees of Al-Aqrab prison, which is composed of cells designed for solitary confinement, in which most of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders are being held.
Most of the detainees in Egypt have been arrested due to protesting against the anti-democratic practices, refusing the current government. Consequently, an anti-protest law has been issued, forbidding the right of protest, to the extent of sentencing protesters to death, like the case of the 529 accused of participating in protests in Al-Minya. And when the detainees launched a campaign called "The Uprising of Prisons", the criminal court sentenced 683 detainees to death penalty without any legal evidence or fair trial, in total disregard to all Egyptian and International laws, as well as Human Rights treaties.
It's important to note that it is the injustice committed against the political detainees, and the violations to their rights, that have pushed them to protest against what they're suffering in several ways, such as refusing any visits from behind the glass partitions, going on a total hunger strike for months, and the most popular cases are those of Al-Jazeera journalist Abdallah Al-Shami who completed 100 days of hunger strike, and Mohamed Soltan who completed 90 days, as he was arrested several days after the armed disbandment of the Rabaa sit-in.
Human Rights monitor conjure the United Nations and the International community to support the 16000 detainees across 90 prisons who decided to go on a total hunger strike starting from April 30 2014, for three days, and to call the Egyptian government to immediately release all its political detainees and to expose the violations they are facing inside the prisons by the Egyptian authorities. HRM also claims the UN to send investigation missions and to call the Egyptian government to respect all the International treaties it has signed or ratified.