Ashraf Hassan Hassanein Shaltout was arrested by security forces in Port Said on July 18th, 2014 from near his home.
His car was confiscated and he was accused of possessing explosives, pamphlets and banners with the Rabba slogan.
According to his son Khaled speaking to HRM his father was leveled with 21 accusations and was referred to military court where he was served a 43 year prison sentence.
He added that his father was in good health before his arrest and only had back and disc troubles. A few months before his death symptoms began to show and his health began deteriorating where he lost much weight and mobility. He completely lost his appetite and despite several appeals to the prison's administration he was ignored and was denied the right to be treated and transferred to hospital.
After numerous attempts and requests he was finally transferred to the prison hospital and later to the Port Said General Hospital after 6 weeks of suffering without medical treatment, care or help.
They were later surprised to learn that he suffered from the last stages of lung cancer and the hospital wrote an urgent report requesting he be transferred to the National Cancer Institute in Cairo since he was at a critical stage.
The prison's administration remained obstinate and ignored the request and he was moved to the Tora Prison Hospital in South Cairo. There his health deteriorated further and he died a few short days later.
HRM calls on the Egyptian authorities to open an immediate investigation regarding the death of Ashraf and similar cases and urges all critically ill detainees be released and offered suitable health care.
Health care is a basic human right for all detainees stipulated in Article 22 of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners which cites sick prisoners who require specialist treatment shall be transferred to specialized institutions or to civil hospitals. Where hospital facilities are provided in an institution, their equipment, furnishings and pharmaceutical supplies shall be proper for the medical care and treatment of sick prisoners, and there shall be a staff of suitable trained officers.
HRM denounces the death of Ashraf who died from medical negligence the latest measure used by the security apparatus to combat detainees and the overcrowding of prisons, police stations and detention centres along with poor ventilation and cleanliness.
Poor health care and torture have become evident in recent reports in Egypt's prisons as contagious diseases are widespread. Medication and health care is also routinely denied adding to the crisis.
In 2015 HRM has documented up to August the death of 59 victims as a result of medical neglect most are from the Aqrab Prison followed by the Mansoura, Borg el Arab and Wady el Notron Prisons.
According to Al-Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence numbers showed that the state uses a policy of repression as a tool of governance where 137 were killed while in detention from medical negligence in 2015.
HRM believes that medical neglect is a flagrant violation to all international covenants and agreements regarding detainees' rights. Article18 of the 2014 Egyptian Constitution in fact states every citizen has the right to health in the integrated health care according to the quality standards, and the state ensures to maintain the facilities of public health services which provide services to the people, and support and work on increasing its efficiency and the geographical distribution based on equality.
Article 22 of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners also highlights the right where it states sick prisoners who require specialist treatment shall be transferred to specialized institutions or to civil hospitals. Where hospital facilities are provided in an institution, their equipment, furnishings and pharmaceutical supplies shall be proper for the medical care and treatment of sick prisoners, and there shall be a staff of suitable trained officers.