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Egypt: Serious Abuses in Scorpion Prison

Inmates Isolated, Beaten, Denied Food and Medicine

Wednesday 28th Sep 2016

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(Beirut, September 28, 2016) – Authorities at a maximum security prison in Cairo that holds many political prisoners routinely abuse inmates in ways that may have contributed to some of their deaths, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

Staff at Scorpion Prison beat inmates severely, isolate them in cramped “discipline” cells, cut off access to families and lawyers, and interfere with medical treatment, according to the 80-page report, “‘We Are in Tombs’: Abuses in Egypt’s Scorpion Prison.” The report documents cruel and inhuman treatment by officers of Egypt’s Interior Ministry that probably amounts to torture in some cases and violates basic international norms for the treatment of prisoners.

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