Susan Fayad, a physician and Egyptian human rights activist and one of the institutions of the “Nadim Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture” (a civil society organization), demanded the release of prisoners for fear of the spread of Coronavirus, warning that its spread in prisons “may cause a catastrophe and a human massacre.”
In an interview published by “An Initiative with Torture Map”, affiliated with the “Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms” (Civil Society Organization), she affirmed that “there are no feasible precautionary measures in light of the current prison situation, especially since the current conditions indicate a real disaster.”
The number of prisoners and detainees in Egypt ranges between 110 and 140 thousand prisoners and detainees, of whom 26 thousand are remand prisoners and no judicial rulings have been issued against them, according to statements by the pro-regime Egyptian media, Mohamed El-Baz, quoting sources in the Egyptian Prison Service.
High incidence of overcrowding in prisons
It should also be noted that the rate of overcrowding in prisons ranges between 160 per cent in prisons and 300 per cent in police stations, according to an official report issued in 2016 by the National Council for Human Rights (a government institution).
death of the detainees
It is noteworthy that the death of five prisoners and detainees in Egyptian prisons and detention facilities was recorded this March, in addition to the death of five other detainees last February, in addition to the death of seven other detainees in January this year, as a result of deliberate medical negligence .
449 prisoners died in places of detention between June 2014 and the end of 2018, and this number increased to 917 prisoners (between June 2013 and November 2019), according to the latest human rights update, including 677 as a result of neglect. Medical, and 136 as a result of torture.
A number of Egyptian, regional and international human rights organizations are calling on the Egyptian authorities to release the detainees, those who have exceeded half the period, and those who do not pose a threat to society, opinion leaders, writers, politicians, and other groups that should be removed from prisons, including women, children, patients, and the elderly.