On Monday, May. 22, 2023, the Egyptian political prisoner Ashraf El-Sayed, 55, died in Al-Qanater Prison 1, after he was subjected to the deliberate medical negligence.
El-Sayed, who was working as a general manager at Misr Insurance Company, was arrested in April 2022 despite his difficult health condition, where he suffers from severe liver failure, immune problems, low pressure, acute anemia, and continuous fainting.
Last Monday, his lawyer submitted an appeal for his early release on health grounds. However, it was refused. El-Sayed was kept in prison until today, when he breathed his last.
El-Sayed suffered from poor detention conditions in Al-Qanater 1 prison, which is one of the oldest Egyptian prisons and lacks the most basic security and safety standards.
Ashraf is the 13th prisoner to breathe his last in Egyptian custody since the start of the year due to deliberate medical negligence.
In 2022, 52 prisoners died in Egyptian prisons due to deliberate medical negligence and difficult detention conditions. 194 cases of deliberate medical negligence have been reported so far.
Inhumane detention conditions have long plagued Egypt’s prisons, adversely affecting prisoners’ rights to adequate medical treatment and health care.
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states that all persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person.