Rights group decries Egypt's 'repressive' prison law

NGO says amendments grant Interior Ministry absolute power to deny visits to prisoners

Rights group decries Egypt's 'repressive' prison law

World Bulletin / News Desk

A human rights group has denounced what it described as “repressive” amendments introduced to Egypt’s prison law.

On Monday, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi amended the country’s prison law.

“The amendments granted prisoners the right to make phone calls, which is a good move,” Alkarama for Human Rights said in a Tuesday statement. “However, the amendments granted the Interior Ministry the absolute power to deny visits [to prisoners].” 

The Geneva-based group went on to slam an article in the law allowing solitary confinement for prisoners.

“Instead of abolishing solitary confinement, Sisi has made it for a 30-day period, instead of 15 days under the previous law,” it added.

“These are new repressive amendments in violation of international treaties and charters,” the NGO said.

Egypt has been dogged by turmoil and violence since the military deposed President Mohamed Morsi in a 2013 coup.

Since Morsi's overthrow, the Egyptian regime has maintained a harsh crackdown on dissent, killing hundreds of the ousted president’s supporters and members of his Muslim Brotherhood group, while detaining thousands of political activists.

Last Mod: 27 Ekim 2015, 09:15
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