Egypt puts female political prisoners in a cell with criminals, reports ENHR – Middle East Monitor

The Egyptian Human Rights Network has documented details of the arrest and attacks against political prisoner Tawqa Abdel Basser Abdullah.

Tawqa, 24, was arrested at Helwan Subway Station on June 9, 2019 and then violently disappeared for 17 days.

Tawqa, a student at Cairo University, was born on Jan.

The Coalition of Hope was a political alliance of former MPs, journalists, business people and youth leaders who wanted to run in the 2020 general election.

Several members of the coalition, including Ziad Al-Alamy and Ramy Shaath, were arrested and detained.

Tawqa was detained for 15 days and deported to Qanater Women’s Prison, where he was placed on the criminal wing instead of with other political prisoners.

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On July 20, 2019, Tawqa went on a hunger strike to protest the detention conditions, which included being placed in an overcrowded cell where the other inmates were smoking.

She was later investigated for setting up a terrorist cell in Qanater Prison, communicating with group leaders outside the prison, and attracting new members to promote the group’s ideas.

Tawqa’s attorney Ahmed Helmy asked prosecutors to provide details of the meetings, such as the time they were held, the names of the leaders who had been contacted outside the prison, and the appearance of the report, authors and testimony .

However, his motions were denied and Tawqa was investigated for five months on the charges.

Helmy himself was summoned and charged with insulting the judiciary after presenting a memorandum to the Supreme Prosecutor describing the violations against his client.

On February 7, 2021, the Hearing Chamber of the Criminal Court issued an order to release Tawqa, but new indictments were brought against her instead.

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