Mohamed Soltan, is a 26 American- Egyptian has been on a hunger strike protesting his arbitrary detention. Soltan has completed 152 days without any food and 21 days without water.
Political activist and one of the media spokesmen at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, where protesters
had rallied calling for the reinstatement of the deposed President
He was arrested along with 3 other youths by Egyptian security forces on August 24th 2013 and to date remains detained in Liman Tora Prison in Cairo. Soltan is on trial on charges of terrorism and conspiracy in the renowned “the Operations Room” case. The trial lacks any evidence incriminating him and Soltan has denied all charge against him, yet the judge renews Soltan’s detention. Soltan has been arbitrarily detained arbitrarily for 10 months. His next hearing will be on 8 July 2014.
Soltan was shot in his arm during the armed dispersal of the Rabia Al-Adaweya sit-in. He underwent surgery inside his cell by one of his cell mates to remove the bullet without any medical equipment after prison authorities refused to transfer him to hospital.
On 25 January Soltan began an open hunger strike protesting the charges and his unlawful detention. Soltan has lost third more than a third of his bodyweight and his health has severely deteriorated. He has not received any medical care until his life was in a critical situation and he was finally transferred to Al-Manyal Hospital. Doctors’ reports showed that Soltan suffers from clutting in the lungs and his life is at stake and he could die anytime.
As an American national, Soltan sent an urgent appeal to the US President Obama and the international community to save his life and set him free, however no response or action was received since May and until now.
Human Rights Monitor submitted an urgent appeal to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial execution during the 26th session of the Human Rights Council expressing deep concerns on the life and health of Soltan and urging them to urgently intervene with the Egyptian authorities to protect the right to life of Soltan, to release him, grant him all his rights and provide him with the required medical care.
HRM also urges the Egyptian government to respect the international conventions it ratified and respect the right to life of every human being.
HRM also appeals to the international community and human rights activists to campaign for Soltan in their countries and write to their MPs calling them to urge the Egyptian authorities to release him immediately and unconditionally.