More violations against women in Al-Qanater prison in Egypt – Middle East Monitor

Human rights organization We Record reports that violations of women have continued in Al-Qanater Prison since Amr Hisham took over the prison investigation on February 4th.

Earlier this month, Hisham forcibly moved inmates Maha, Aya, Riman, Dawlat and Lua’ya from the wing that houses political prisoners to the wing that houses criminal inmates.

This brings the total number of women forcibly imprisoned by Hisham to eleven, all of them political prisoners.

The news comes shortly after journalist Solafa Magdy reported repeated sexual assaults in Al-Qanater prison.

Solafa was beaten until she suffered severe vaginal bleeding and took off all of her clothes and dragged her across the floor.

Solafa and her husband were arrested in a widespread raid in November 2019 to contain the September protests demanded by whistleblower Mohammed Ali.

In November of last year, We Record documented several unprecedented violations in Al-Qanater Women’s Prison, including beatings and assaults on prisoners by the chief inspector.

At that time, five other inmates were also transferred to the criminal investigation department and their clothes, medicines, food and drinks were confiscated.

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The prison authorities have placed restrictions on visitors.

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor reported that the prison does not adhere to “minimum standards of human life” or “meet minimum conditions for the treatment of prisoners”.

In January it was reported that political prisoner Abeer Najad’s health was deteriorating on suspicion of the coronavirus, the first case recorded at Al-Qanater Women’s Prison.

It was the chief investigator, Amr Hisham, who took her to the wing where people were being held for drug trafficking and her clothes were taken away.

Abeer’s family said that when they visited, her face was puffy, short of breath, lost her sense of taste and smell, and felt lethargic.

She was not offered a coronavirus test

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