Human Rights Monitor submitted an urgent complaint to the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions following the death of opposition leading figure who died as a result of medical negligence in detention. Egyptian authorities clearly violated the international convention and agreements regarding political and civil rights for prisoners ratified by Egypt.
Former MP and Freedom and Justice Party's Shura Committee member Dr. Farid Ismail Abdul Halim 58, died in the Manial Hospital when he entered a coma from his diseased liver and suffering from a clot on the brain during his detention at the Aqrab Prison in Tora's detention centre. He fell into a coma on May 8 until his death.
Tora's administration ignored plights to transfer Farid to hospital to receive the necessary medication or proper care despite his dire need to be in a well-equipped place for treatment of his deteriorating condition. The administration simply transferred him to the ill equipped Aqrab Prison Hospital leaving him to die without a care.
His family stated that the prison's administration made things difficult tightening security leading to his failing health as they prevented medication for over 6 weeks. He was also moved to solitary confinement and despite entering a coma he was taken to the Belbes Criminal Court in Sharqia which was 100 km away illustrating complete disregard of humanity.
He was unable to attend the hearing and was taken to the Zagazig General Hospital and later to the Tora Prison Hospital as the prisons administration refused to allow him to go to an equipped hospital for better treatment. Only one day before his death he was taken to the Qasr el Ainy Hospital following numerous demands by lawyers who stressed his condition was deteriorating quickly. He later died in the Manial University hospital.
The death of the political activist is regarded as premeditated murder by Egypt's security apparatus. The security apparatus along with the Egyptian Interior Minister Abdul Ghafar and the prison's administration is responsible for the death of Dr. Farid who received inhumane, disrespectful and ill treatment since his detention in addition to no health care despite his condition.
The above actions are a complete violation to international conventions and the Egyptian authorities breached legal charters where article 36 states that prisoners have a right to receive medical treatment. By arresting and detaining a person, the State takes full responsibility at international law for providing health care to ensure their lives and wellbeing.
Dr. Farid a married father of six was arrested without warrant by Egyptian police from his home in Zagazig in Sharqia, in September 2013. Because of his political involvement he was leveled with a host of accusations including protesting, affiliation with an outlawed group, and involvement in violence.
During his detention of nearly 2 years he faced many violations including torture, solitary confinement and was also denied his visiting rights.. He also suffered from a liver disease, high blood pressure and diabetes and was not allowed medication or clothes to enter.
Dr. Farid Ismail's death behind bars due to medical negligence is not the first of its kind. Approximately 200 other detainees held for political reasons have also died as a result of this negligence an unsuitable detention conditions. Another 5000 detainees are also facing similar ill treatment and their lives too are in danger.
Human Rights Monitor has submitted numerous urgent appeals to the UN to send fact finding committees to inspect Egypt's prisons to end the escalating violations. It has also called for immediate investigations regarding the deaths and accountability for all responsible including Prison, Interior Ministry, and judicial officials who failed to issue release orders leaving men to die in prison despite their innocence.