World Bulletin / News Desk
More than 5000 anti-coup activists suffer diseases in Egyptian prisons, a human right group said, adding that ten pro-democracy detainees had died.
"The sick detainees in regime prisons are facing slow death due to medical negligence," the Egyptian Observatory for Rights and Freedoms said in a Monday statement marking the World Health Day.
It said that ten anti-coup detainees had already died in prison since the military ouster of the elected president last July.
The statement said that most of the detainees are held in small cells "that lack the minimum health standards".
"They are being maltreated, beaten and tortured… in a way that affects their health conditions," said the Observatory.
The statement cited accounts of relatives of some prisoners claiming that prison authorities had denied medical treatment to sick prisoners.
"Prison hospitals don't have units that treat chronic diseases," the Observatory said.
According to the statement, detained female supporters of the ousted president lack medical care in Shebin Al-Qanater prison, north of Cairo.
A security source vehemently denied the claims.
"All detainees are enjoying healthcare," the source told Anadolu Agency.
According to the source, Egyptian authorities are seeking to apply law to all people without discrimination.
"We respect human rights in all Egyptian prisons and police stations," the source said.
The source also denied reports about the mistreatment of Muslim Brotherhood leaders in prisons.
"Most reports fanned by NGOs are inaccurate," the source said, going on to say that some Muslim Brotherhood leaders have been moved to hospital for medical checkups.
Egypt's military-backed authorities have launched a massive crackdown on supporters of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood group since the leader's ouster by the military last July.
In the almost ten months since Morsi's ouster, thousands of the groups' members and sympathizers have been arrested.Last Mod: 08 Nisan 2014, 09:29