Three Egyptian political prisoners died in prison over the past 48 hours due to the inhuman detention conditions and the deliberate medical negligence policy.
The imprisoned businessman, Massad Tawfiq Al-Shafei, 62, died in Al-Qanater Prison in Qalyubia.
Al-Shafei was subjected to enforced disappearance for several months despite his poor health situation before he appeared in Qanater Prison where he breathed his last.
Al-Shafei’s death came less than 48 hours after the death of the prisoner Ashraf Al-Salami Jihad, 47, and the prisoner Abdul Ghani Salim, 33, in similar circumstances.
Since the start of the year, 42 prisoners died in Egyptian custody due to medical negligence policy.
Inhumane detention conditions have long plagued Egypt’s prisons, adversely affecting prisoners’ right 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.