Crushing Humanity: The Abuse of Solitary Confinement in Egypt’s Prison

Source: Amnesty International

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With torture rife and prison conditions falling far short of the international minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners, there is a human rights crisis in Egypt’s prisons. Prisoners are subjected to overcrowding, a lack of sufficient nutritious food, bedding and minimum hygiene and water and sanitation standards, and poor ventilation and lighting.

Within this context, Amnesty International has examined the Egyptian authorities’ use of solitary confinement as a tool to inflict additional punishment against, in particular, prisoners with a political profile. Through its research it has found that solitary confinement for such prisoners invariably amounts to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, and sometimes to torture. In some cases, such as Kareem Taha’s, prisoners are also subjected to physical torture.

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