A Life in Danger

March 24th, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights Calls for the Immediate Investigation on Attacking 20 Huger Striker Inmates of the Limane Tura Prison and for their Immediate Release

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its deep concern about the information it has received on some security forces of Limane Tura Prison, one of the prisons of Tura, dispersing 20 striking inmates who have gone on hunger strike since 22/3/2011 using force and physical assault using hands, feet and clubs. The forces then put them in isolated confinement and banned visitation. EOHR calls for immediate investigation of the incident and for their immediate release.

On Thursday, 24/3/20110, EOHR has received information on 20 political prisons going on hunger strike on Limane Tura Prison -one of the prisons of Tura, in protest against their continued detention. The following persons were included in the strikers:

Nabil Al Maghabi.

Muhammad Mustapha.

Muhammad Mahmoud Al Aswany

Magdy Hassan Idris (the Waad Organization case)

Morgan Muhammad.

Omar Hagayif (Russian)

According to the information received by EOHR, the hunger strikers had served over three quarters of the time they have been sentenced to. When the Egyptian government released a large number of prisoners upon the revolution of the 25th of January, those inmates submitted a number of pleas to be released. However, their demands have not been met which led them to go on open hunger strike on the 22nd of March, 2011. However, they were shocked by some of the security forces of Limane Tura Prison interference to forcibly disperse the strikers on Thursday, 24th of March, 2011.

On his side, Mr. Hafez Abu Saeda, the chairman of EOHR, emphasized the necessity of conducting an immediate investigation of the incident of the physical assault of some of the inmates of Limane Ture Prison and banning their visitation. He also called for questioning those responsible for this incident because it constitutes a grave violation of national legislations and the international conventions concerned with the rights of prisoners [1]

Abu Saeda called on the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to seriously consider the immediate release of the above mentioned prisoners in compliance with its promise to release all detainees and prisoners who have been sentenced with verdicts from special courts and who spent over the three quarters of the time they are sentenced to or those whose medical conditions require such release.


[1] The first of the Basic Principles of the Treatment of Prisons states that: “All prisoners shall be treated with the respect due to their inherent dignity and value as human beings.” Also, article 10 of the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights in its first clause states that: “All persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person.”


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