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Egypt: CFJ documents violations against political activist Mohamed Adel inside his prison cell and deliberate medical neglect

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Press release

Geneva – May 13, 2024


The Committee for Justice (CFJ) has monitored sudden violations by the administration of the heavily guarded Gamasa Prison in Dakahlia Governorate, Egypt, against detained political activist Mohamed Adel, coupled with deliberate medical negligence leading to a deterioration in his health.

According to a Facebook post by Adel’s wife, she visited her husband last Saturday, May 11, 2024, at the prison premises and was informed that he had been transferred to the prison hospital, where he stayed for two days without receiving adequate medical care. The hospital lacks even basic medical facilities.

Adel’s wife indicated that he is suffering from a dislocated right shoulder, rendering his right arm immobile with severe pain. Additionally, he sustained injuries from altercations with fellow inmates in the cell he repeatedly requested to be transferred from, yet his requests were denied by the security officer.

She further added that he is experiencing severe peripheral nerve inflammation and recurrent chest pains that remain undiagnosed due to lack of access to any medical evaluation.

Despite repeated appeals for presidential pardon, all requests have been consistently denied.

CFJ condemns the arbitrary measures practiced by the administration of the heavily guarded Gamasa Prison against the detained political activist and human rights defender Mohamed Adel, flagrant violation of internationally signed conventions and treaties, notably the Nelson Mandela Rules protecting the rights of incarcerated individuals.

CFJ demands an immediate halt to all arbitrary actions against Adel, provision of necessary medical care, improvement of living conditions within his confinement, and reiterates its call for the release of Adel and other politically detained individuals in Egypt, urging cessation of discriminatory policies against them.

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