Egyptian forces continue to arbitrarily arrest civilians without legal support completely disregarding health conditions depriving them of both medication and appropriate treatment. This has led to the deteriorating health of many in a flagrantly violating article 15 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment which stresses each State Party shall ensure that any statement which is established to have been made as a result of torture shall not be invoked as evidence in any proceedings, except against a person accused of torture as evidence that the statement was made.
Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is also ignored on a regular basis.
HRM has received several complaints from the families of detainees held in custody in who have been deliberately deprived of medical care. One complaint from the family of one Fathy Mahgoub Ali Alforan 46, detained in Kafr el Dowar Police Station since August 21st, 2015 in case number 11771 for 2015 states that he has suffered from a clot in the left leg after he was banned from receiving medication for his varicose veins and diabetes.
Mustafa is an asthma patient and is unable to breathe in closed in areas where smoking takes place. He too has been deprived from his medication despite several complaints to the prosecutor general. His family also complained from the degrading and ill treatment of them during visits which last no longer than a few minutes at a time.
For its part HRM holds the Egyptian authorities fully responsible for the lives and wellbeing of the civilians held in custody and demands they be examined by doctors and offered the appropriate medication. It also urges authorities to place the detainees in centres with better conditions appropriate for humans.