HRM has documented the case of one Mohamed Gharib Mohamed Murad 59 from Samalout, Minya who was arrested on December 7th, 2015 from his hospital bed after undergoing sensitive surgery on his spine. He was being treated for spine injury and suffers other diseases using a catheter for urination and lives on antibiotics.
His condition did not deter police from arbitrarily arresting him and he was moved on a wheelchair without legal support or warrant for his arrest. Police told family he was taken for questioning and would be released shortly. He was questioned without lawyers present at the Samalout Police Station however no official investigation was opened. He remained held in the Om el Masreyeen hospital and his charges without known charges.
HRM expresses its deep concern regarding the wellbeing of the detainee along with hundreds of others who have fallen victim to medical neglect.
Detainees Mohamed Ouf Waly Sultan 42, died in Mansoura Prison and Motaz Ramadan Eweiss 60 died in Abul Namras Police Station also because of medical neglect.
Ahmed Abdul Hamid Mohamed Mohamed Abul Naga 60, a former Brigadier General in the military died in Wady Notron prison following medical neglect. He suffered from Hepatitis Virus C and diabetes and was denied medication and treatment for his condition. His family had submitted requests to the prosecutor general to be examined by a doctor however the prison's administration denied him the right. His condition worsened and he was moved to hospital too late and died while being returned to his cell.
It is worth noting that Abul Naga has been in detention since July 2013 after he was arrested in Tanta while visiting his brother. He was charged with protesting without permit, belonging to an outlawed group and trying to overthrow the regime. He was issued a 4 year prison sentence in July 2014 and transferred to the Wady Notron Prison. He continued to suffer until his death because of medical neglect. Abul Naga had served Egypt during the 1973 war and during one of his hearings mentioned his contribution to the country questioning why he was arrested by thugs and beaten in prison.
In the same context citizen Hendawy Algaly 55, died in Abul Matameer Prison in Beheira also from medical negligence on December 12th, 2015. He suffered a stroke and was assaulted by officer Mohamed Tarabis despite his condition. He was taken to the police station following argument between his son and police forces during his arrest.
On these ground his son Alaa accused office Mohamed Tarabis of killing his father. The police administration led by Maged Alhabashy ordered his torture and he was electrocuted and forced to drop his accusation in front of prosecution.
Egypt's prison administrations continue in their extrajudicial killings of political opposition, intellectuals and academics through medical neglect preventing the entry of medication and denying detainees treatment in hospitals.
Since July 3rd, 2013, 266 detainees have died from neglect including 38 in July from Tora Prison. The number of detainees who have died in prison from torture and neglect is over 350
This is a violation to the right to live as mandated in article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which cites
everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
On these grounds HRM calls for an international investigation to be opened regarding the violations against detainees suffering from illnesses and the systematic torture of political opposition. It also urges the international community to form a fact finding committee to investigate the conditions in Egypt's prisons most particularly the measures practiced against detainees held in custody and to help their speedy release.