December 26th, 2011 by Editor
Following the statement issued by the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) in November, 2011, the organization received a response from the US Ambassador in Egypt, Mrs. Anne W. Patterson, on rejection of the release of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, on medical-deterioration basis. The rejection response stated that”the US Federal Prison System has gone to great lengths to provide Mr. Omar Abdel Rahman with the best possible medical care, specifically: Mr. Abdel Rahman’s medical conditions are being managed appropriately and he is medically stable; he is regularly evaluated by a team of healthcare professionals, including a physician, a physician assistant and a registered nurse.”
In November, 2012, EOHR called the Egyptian authorities and the US Embassy in Cairo to work with the US administration on the immediate release of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, for the deterioration of his health. In November EOHR stated that “Besides being diabetic since 40 years, Sheikh Omar suffers high blood pressure. Since his detention, Sheikh Omar was visited once by his wife and conducted only two phone calls with his wife also. He was kept in solitary cell for 18 years.” Within the statement, EOHR also stressed on Sheikh Omar’s right to suitable healthcare according to the international standards on treating prisoners.
In this concern, EOHR expresses deep appreciation for the US Ambassador’s response to the issued statement, however it wishes to have Sheikh Omar released for humanitarian reasons.
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