Friday November 8 2019
UN warns that Dr Essam and Gehad El-Haddad are effectively being killed in prison
The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner has released a report condemning Dr Mohamed Morsi’s prison conditions along with the thousands of other Egyptian detainees enduring similar conditions today including Dr Essam and Gehad El-Haddad.
“These two men (Dr Essam and Gehad) are effectively being killed by the conditions under which they are held and the denial of medical treatment. It appears that this is intentional or at the very least allowed to happen through the reckless disregard for their life and fate,” the experts said.
According to the report, Dr Essam, Gehad, and thousands of other prisoners in Egypt may also be at risk of death or irreparable damage to their health because of inadequate conditions of detention, compounded by rampant violations of due process, including detention without charge, incommunicado detention, inadequate access to lawyers, and other practices preventing a fair trial.
Prisons are overcrowded and have inadequate food, poor ventilation and no access to sunlight. Prisoners are denied family visits and fail to receive necessary medical care. Many are placed in solitary confinement for extended periods of time.
This report comes after this month’s UN WGAD opinion stating that Dr. Essam and Gehad’s detention may constitute crimes against humanity and Egypt is in violation of international human rights obligations.
The experts leading these UN reports have engaged with the Egyptian Government and will continue to monitor the situation. They have offered their assistance to work with authorities and other relevant stakeholders to address the dire prison conditions.
Read full report: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages
The #FreeHaddad campaign continues to fight for Dr Essam and Gehad’s freedom, and calls on the international community for its support.
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