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Egypt: CFJ observes hunger strike by political detainees in “Badr 1” prison, condemns arbitrary measures, and calls for their cessation

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Press release

Geneva – June 13, 2024


The “Committee for Justice” (CFJ) has observed a new crackdown by the administration of “Badr 1” Prison, located 70 kilometers northeast of Cairo, against political detainees.

CFJ reported that the prison administration has begun transferring dozens of political detainees to the Minya and New Valley prisons as punishment for their hunger strike, which began over seven days ago. The detainees are protesting against degrading treatment, poor detention conditions, and deteriorating visitation conditions.

CFJ fully supports the hunger strike by the political detainees in “Badr 1” Prison, viewing it as a fundamental human right. The committee urges the prison

administration to address the detainees’ demands and end the violations against them.

CFJ also calls on the Egyptian Prison Authority to halt the transfer campaign against the detainees and to respect the internal prison regulations, which guarantee the right to visits and external correspondence. Furthermore, CFJ emphasizes the importance of adhering to international treaties and conventions signed by Egypt, especially the Mandela Rules for the protection of the rights of persons deprived of their liberty, which the United Nations has adopted as minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners.

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