Egypt's prisons have become akin to mass graves for political detainees. The number of deaths are increasing as a result of either brutal torture or medical negligence of those suffering diseases by the prison's administration. Medication has been prevented from entering prisons as detainees are left to die slow and painful deaths in their cells. In some cases detainees may be taken to the prison hospitals which are ill equipped also leading to their deaths.
Human Rights Monitor has documented the recent death of Khaled Mohamed Saeed Mohamed 48 the latest victim of prison negligence in Egypt. Khaled a Hepatitis C patient died Sunday in the Beni Suef Prison after suffering intense internal bleeding for a week without attempts by the prison's administration to save him despite recommendations by the prison doctor to have him transferred for treatment.
Khaled Saeed a math teacher in Beni Suef was the bread winner in his family consisting of his wife, 4 sons of whom 2 are in detention and 2 daughters. His daughter Israa an Engineering student had also been arrested from her home two months ago. Khaled remained detained 18 months after he was arrested January 13, 2014 while visiting his sons Ahmed and Mohamed detained in case number 154. He was tried in front of a military tribunal for protesting and because of his political affiliation.
Despite an enlarged spleen and liver Khaled was denied suitable treatment and he contracted Hepatitis C as a result. The Egyptian authorities violated the international convention regarding prisoners' rights. The administration also set many restrictions during his visits where only 2 family members were allowed entry and he was only allowed one minute, they last saw him March 18 and were verbally abused by the prison's officers and his medication was also prevented from entering despite his critical state.
After the deaths of over 200 detainees because of negligence by prison's administration the latest victim being Khaled Saeed there is cause for worry that more than 5000 other detained are ill suffering different ailments and deprived suitable medication.
It is on this note that HRM demands detainees be held in suitable humane conditions and offered the necessary health care and medicine if needed with guarantees. All of Egypt's prisons lack cleanliness, and medical care threatening the lives of detainees there. HRM also warns of further violations against opposition detained indicating that the regime does not care for their wellbeing.
It also appeals to the international community to take the necessary steps to free the detainees arbitrarily detained because of their political affiliations. It urges the immediate and fair investigation of victims killed or suffering as a result of medical negligence.