130 Egyptian prisoners on hunger strike against poor prison conditions

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About 130 Egyptian prisoners have launched a hunger strike for more than six weeks against the poor prison conditions and banned family visits, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Many of those who went on hunger strike at Al-Aqran’s maximum security prison in southern Cairo, were arrested on various charges for more than two years. The prisoners were not allowed the facility of family or lawyers, the human rights group said.

Since its launch on June 17, authorities have taken revenge by beating prisoners, punished with electric shocks with stationary weapons, the Amnesty International said.

“The Egyptian authorities are forcing many prisoners harsh conditions of detention centers and the prohibition of family visits and access to lawyers have led to incapacity,” said Amnesty’s deputy for West Asia and North Africa, Magdalena Mughrabi.

She said that by refusing to allow detainees to meet their families, the Egyptian authorities had openly violated national and international law and had committed atrocities.

Two family members interviewed by Amnesty said they had permission from the National Security Prosecutor to visit relatives who were detained but local authorities refused to allow them to visit.

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