Egypt: Journalist Badr Mohamed Badr’s deprivation of treatment and visitation is a violation may equivalent to attempted murder, Public Prosecution has to investigate his complaints

11 May, 2017

Cairo: 11 May, 2017

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) said, “The suffering endured by journalist Badr Mohamed Badr inside his jail in Tora Prison, either prevention of exercising or communicating with family and lawyers or denial of visitation or treatment, is tantamount to pre-meditated attempted murder. Since his arrest, Badr has been suffering liver and heart diseases in addition to breathing problems which puts his life in danger. Every official who is proved to be involved in these violations has to be punished.”

On 29 March 2017, police forces arrested journalist Badr Mohamed Badr after storming his office in Faisal neighborhood in Giza. Supreme State Security Prosecution interrogated him into the case no. 316 of 2017 (State Security), accused him of joining an unlawful group, and ordered his pretrial detention, which is still being renewed until now.

In his imprisonment renewal session, dated April 26, Badr complained that the administration of the max-security “Al-Aqrab” prison denied him family visits and exercise, and prevented him from receiving treatment despite his illness. He re-made the same complaint speaking out on his deteriorating health condition in the final imprisonment renewal hearing convened on May 10 at Istiqbal Prison. Nevertheless, the prosecution has not yet to investigate his complaints despite its recurrence.

ANHRI asserted “The violations sustained by Badr contravene the Egyptian Constitution Article 56 thereof states: “Prison is a house for reform and rehabilitation. Prisons and detention centers shall be subject to judicial oversight. All that which violates the dignity of the person and or endangers his health is forbidden.”

ANHRI added, “The suffering Badr experiences in prison amid silence from the Public Prosecution, which has the authority to oversee prisons, constitutes a clear and flagrant infringement of the Constitution, law and international conventions, which protect the lives of people ensuring they are not at risk and guarantee the right of prisoners to receive health care as well.”
ANHRI called on the prison administration to enable Badr to practice his legal rights of exercise and receiving visits, as well as transferring him to a hospital outside the prison to have a medical report and receive the necessary treatment in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and the law. ANHRI also demanded from the Public Prosecution to assume responsibility and investigate into the complaints Badr made pursuant to the law and the role assigned to it.

ANHRI concluded its statement by saying that the right to physical integrity must be guaranteed to all prisoners regardless of the charges attributed to them, and that no detainee should be deprived of his constitutional and legal rights.

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