New victims continue to die in Egyptian prisons and the latest of which is the political detainee Mohamed Gomaa who died in Abu Zaabal prison.
Gomaa was detained pending investigations in case No. 2094 of 2023 Supreme State Security. He died due to overcrowding and poor conditions of detention.
It is worth mentioning that the number of detainees who have died in various Egyptian prisons and detention centres since the beginning of this year has risen to 8.
The other seven victims who died in prisons in Egypt are Ragab Mohamed Abu Zaid Zaeer, Ramadan Yousef Ashry, Mohamed Mustafa Badawi, Mohamed Elsayed Elmorsi, Saad Mahmoud Abdel Ghani Khedr, Mahmoud Eldaidamouni and Sameh Tolba.
Despite the rising number of deaths in Egyptian detention facilities, the Egyptian authorities continue to prevent the Red Cross Committee from visiting and inspecting prison conditions, in a form of providing impunity to perpetrators of these killings.
It should be noted that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states that “prisoners deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity, and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human personality.”