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Egypt: CFJ records 26th death of 2024 of a political detainee in Damanhour Prison

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Press release

Geneva – June 29, 2024


The Committee for Justice (CFJ) has monitored the death of a political detainee in Damanhour Prison “Al-Abadiya” in Beheira Governorate, north of Cairo, without known causes of death thus far.

CFJ identified the deceased as 67-year-old Samir Younis Salah, who was forcibly repatriated to Egypt from Kuwait two years ago, in violation of international agreements that prohibit the forcible return of individuals who may face inhumane treatment.

CFJ is calling for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Salah’s death to determine the true causes and hold those responsible accountable, ensuring they do not escape punishment.

This incident brings the total number of deaths recorded by CFJ in Egyptian prisons and detention centers since the beginning of 2024 to 26. 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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