Mohamed Mahmoud Ismael's family's complaint is by far not the first nor will it be the last documented by HRM. According to the thirty-three year old lawyer's family Mohamed arrested on July 29, 2015 from his home without legal support was accused of belonging to an outlawed group.
Mohamed's diabetes was disregarded as he continued to be held in a tiny cell no bigger than 12 square metres in a clear violation to article 11 regarding prisoners' rights.
Authorities in Kafr Saqr police station disregarded requests by detainees who called for their relocation in bigger and more humane cells especially since they were held with convicted criminals. On these grounds detainees engaged in an open ended hunger strike on October 13, 2015 however to no avail and requests were ignored.
According to Mohamed's family their son is the sole income earner for his family which consists of his wife and two children. Furthermore security forces have denied him visiting rights and his detention has negatively affected his family.
HRM calls on the Egyptian authorities to transfer detainees from crowded cells to cells more suitable for humans. Moreover it calls on authorities to separate convicted prisoners from detainees pending investigation. It also urges authorities at the Sakr Police Station to respond to requests and to immediately intervene and end the hunger strike since it is affecting their health. Lastly HRM requests the Egyptian authorities to respect prison regulations regarding the treatment of prisoners ratified by the UN.