HRM expresses its extreme joy and welcomes the release of activist Mohamed Soltan held for nearly 2 years and on hunger strike for 490 days nearly losing his life. It calls on the Egyptian authorities to immediately release all detainees held in the Egyptianprisons for expressing their opinion.
HRM worked hard pressuring and calling for the release of activist Mohamed Soltan for nearly two years. Complaints and appeals were submitted to the Special Rapporteurs on summary or arbitrary executions and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention reporting of Soltan's deteriorating health as a result of his hunger strike and the obstinate stance of the Egyptian authorities to deprive him of health care and treatment and release from jail on the ground of his failing health.
The activist returned to the US after losing half his body mass because of the strike he began on January 26, 2014 demanding his legitimate right for release objecting his unlawful arrest and his detention for political reasons. The hunger strike lasted 490 days where he depended on water and glucose during the last days to keep him alive.
The activist has dual Egyptian and US citizenship and during the two years of calls for his release Egypt Authorities only responded after he dropped his Egyptian citizenship prompting the Egyptian Interpol to deport him and hand him over to the US. This is a message revealing that Egyptians do not have rights in their country and their freedom can only be attained if they own another non-Egyptian citizenship.
On April 11, 2015 the Egyptian judiciary sentenced Soltan to life imprisonment in the media known Rabaa Operation Room case where defendants are charged with false accusations because of their political affiliations. His father SalahSoltan was sentenced to death in the same case after a fourth appeal by the US consulate was rejected. Other calls and appeals for his release because of his US citizenship by the US foreign ministry, the US consulate in Egypt and Human Rights Organizations were also ignored.
The Egyptian Authorities arrested Soltan from his Cairo home on August 27, 2013 following the brutal Rabaa and Nahda dispersals by Egypt's police. He was shot in the arm and suffered infections as a result of the bullet which remained in his arm. No medical help or care was given during his stay at the Tora Luman Prison where he was held. One cell mate removed the bullet without an anesthetic or pain killers using pliers.
Soltan's health deteriorated during his two year detention as no care or treatment was offered. And his health reached a critical stage. On October 2014 Tora's prison administration transferred him to the Manial University Hospital after his blood pressure was 80/30 and his blood sugar was down to 45 and the acetone level in his urine was +3. In December he was transferred again to the Emergency Room at the Qasr el Ein Hospital because of internal bleeding after he denied medication for 10 days in an effort to force him to end his strike. His father was taken to the Aqrab Prison where security was tightened.
For its part HRM calls on the international community to immediately intervene for the release of all detainees held on political grounds in Egypt's prisons where hundreds of detainees without dual citizenships are dying as a result of medical negligence and torture. Moreover HRM calls for the release of all detainees on hunger strike including activist Ibrahim Alyamany who has been on an open ended hunger strike for 400 days.