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Egypt: CFJ documents two more deaths in custody, toll hits 21 in 2023

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Geneva: July 18, 2023

The Committee for Justice (CFJ) has documented two more deaths in Egyptian detention centers, bringing the total number of deaths in Egyptian detention centers and prisons to 21 in 2023.


Two citizens dead:

CFJ recorded the death of a citizen, Haitham Abdul Rahman, inside Al Labban police station in Alexandria on Monday, July 10, 2023. Abdul Rahman had spent six years in prison during which he was subjected to enforced disappearance and repetitive arrests, moved between various police stations and Borg El Arab prison, and had been sentenced to four years. CFJ also reported the death of  Hani Samir, from Al-Basateen district in Cairo Governorate, on July 14, 2023.


Calls for improved detention conditions:

CFJ is calling for an investigation into the two deaths, identifying and holding those responsible to account. It also calls for an end to the poor conditions of detention in which detainees live in Egypt, and improving livelihoods and conditions in line with Egypt’s international and UN obligations.


21 deaths in 2023:

With these new cases, the total number of deaths documented by CFJ inside detention facilities in Egypt since the beginning of 2023 has reached 21. The latest victim was, Mahmoud Tawfik, who died as a result of torture after his arrest from his home in Ezz Street in the Kom Al-Shakafa area of Karmouz, Alexandria Governorate.

Accurate information about death cases during detention in Egypt can be obtained through the Justice Watch Archive service provided by CFJ, which contains information about more than 14,000 victims and over 30,000 violations. It also monitors violations inside more than 500 places of detention in Egypt.

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