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About 130 people have been on hunger strike for more than six weeks at the Al-Scorp prison in the Egyptian capital of Cairo to protest the conditions of their detention, Amnesty International said in a statement.

"In response to the hunger strike that began on 17 June, the authorities beat and subjected electric shocks to electric shocks and punched some of them with disciplinary measures to force them to end their strike," Human Rights Watch said, quoting a statement issued by prisoners from inside their prison. .

In a statement to German Press Agency (DPA), the organization's expert in Egypt, Hussein Bayoumi, said that prison security forces sometimes used tear gas against prisoners.

Catastrophic detention conditions

According to Human Rights Watch, most of the prisoners who entered a hunger strike were forcibly disappeared by the Egyptian authorities between 11 and 155 days before the authorities recognized their arrest; their parents could only see them for a few minutes when they brought them to the prosecutor's office the public.

Hassan Bayoumi said that the residents are deprived of seeing the prisoners despite obtaining the required permit, pointing out that some of them were attacked by the security forces, in front of the public prosecution building.

"Egyptian authorities have pushed dozens of prisoners in the Scorpio prison to the brink of collapse," said Magdalena Maghrabi, deputy head of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) department of the organization, because of "a combination of harsh prison conditions and family visits."

She said she interviewed the families of four hunger strikers who said they could "see their relatives for only a few minutes while being taken in police cars to the headquarters of the Supreme State Security Prosecution in New Cairo (northeast) for questioning."

According to the organization, two families confirmed that even "when they were able to obtain a permit to visit from the Supreme State Security Prosecution, the prison authorities prevented them (family members) from completing the visit."

"Prisoners are placed in crowded cells filled with flies, mosquitoes and other insects, and in summer temperatures reach more than 40 degrees, with no fans or ventilation," the agency said. "There can be no justification for the cruel and inhuman treatment of these prisoners," she said.

Prompts immediate correction of the situation

Amnesty International called on the Egyptian authorities to "immediately end the harsh and inhumane conditions of prison in the heavily guarded Scorpio prison and allow family visits" to prisoners in this prison inside the Tora prison complex in the southern Egyptian capital.

Kay Gering, a member of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Relief Committee of the German Parliament, called for the German government to offer "maximum protest" against the prison conditions. "Germany can not continue to give normal relations with Egypt, "The state of law and human rights must be at the center of these relations."

Human rights groups regularly accuse the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of silencing Islamist and secular opposition alike.


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