Sisi’s new prisons exacerbate the wounds of thousands of Egyptians – Freedom and Justice Gate

Middle East Eye published an article by journalist Rania Al-Malki, former editor-in-chief of the Daily News Egypt, in which she sheds light on the statements of Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the leader of the military coup, regarding the construction of a new American-style prison complex.

The report, which was translated by the Freedom and Justice Gateway, said that “it is ironic that Sisi wants to imitate the American system in Egypt’s new and improved prison facilities, which are replete with modern forms of slavery and unjustified mass incarceration.”

The report added that “days before the announcement of the imminent opening of the largest prison complex in Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi launched the country’s first national human rights strategy, and the prison announcement, which came casually during a telephone interview with a talk show, came in stark contrast to the three hours that He spent it displaying human rights, and the irony was not lost on tens of thousands of Egypt’s political prisoners and their families.

It is universally known that the bigger the lie, the more people will believe it, and the human rights party began with a properly written ‘documentary’, complete with drone footage, a sweeping movie camera, and happy, smiling people asserting their demands for human rights. Equal citizenship, free from everyday discrimination.

The report pointed out that “the coup authorities blocked more than 630 websites in Egypt, including 118 media outlets and 16 concerned with human rights issues.”

bleak conditions

At the same time and in a parallel world, the miserable conditions of Egyptian prisons are well documented, including the systematic torture of prisoners due to policies of mass arbitrary detention, without recourse to due legal procedures; cruel and inhuman conditions, ranging from lack of access to Clean water and food, prolonged solitary confinement, limited access to health care and even withholding of medicines.”

According to a report issued by IFEX International Network of Human Rights NGOs in 2020, 917 prisoners died in places of detention in Egypt between June 2013 and November 2019, with a significant increase in 2019, and the report indicates that 677 of these deaths were caused by Medical negligence, 136 as a result of torture.

An independent panel of United Nations experts reportedly described the sudden collapse in court, and eventually the death of Egypt’s only democratically elected president, the martyr Mohamed Morsi, in 2019 as a possible form of state-backed arbitrary killing.

Morsi had been held incommunicado for weeks after he was deported in a military coup led by Sisi, then army chief, on July 3, 2013, a year after taking office. A United Nations special rapporteur described the exclusion of President Morsi, a diabetic who also had high blood pressure. , of lifesaving care that it was intended.

The martyrdom of President Morsi was a symptom of the deliberate neglect suffered by an estimated 60,000 political prisoners in Egypt, and since the 2011 revolution, the number of prisons in the country has risen to 78, up from 43, according to a report issued in April 2021 by the Arab Network for Rights Information. However, the expanded capacity did not improve prison conditions and facilities.

Withholding US military aid

In the period from September, within a week, the coup authorities launched their human rights initiative, which culminated a few days later with Sisi announcing plans to launch a set of up to eight fully US-style prisons across the country, with Emphasizing in every public appearance he makes that there are no human rights violations in Egypt.

In an attempt to allay international concerns (not domestic ones; remember that there are no human rights issues in the cradle of civilization) about Egypt’s deplorable human rights record, Sisi aims to nip in the bud the thorn in his possession, which costs Sisi is annually embarrassed by withheld US military aid, but instead of reforming the crippled justice system that has imprisoned thousands of supposedly innocent people, whose only crime has been their opposition to his regime, he has instead done better: put lipstick on a pig.

And he added: “He will build advanced facilities where inmates can spin and play at the level of their hearts, while ignoring the slightest violations at all, that these do not belong in prison, and putting salt in the wound, Sisi refers to American-style prisons, as the gold standard of human punishment. It does provide good meals and plenty of sunshine.”

He continued: “Someone should tell him about the 13th movie “Ava DuVernay”, and the many award-winning documentaries about the atrocities of the American prison industrial complex, a shriek louder than the new wave of civil rights activists in Liberty Land, whose prisons include 25 percent of prison inmates worldwide.

Ironically, Sisi wants to model Egypt’s new and improved facilities on a system filled with implicit and explicit human rights abuses, modern forms of slavery and unjustified mass incarceration, as opposed to a criminal justice system that prioritizes human rights over political and financial gain.

Settlement and compensation

And the report asked: “What about the thousands of detainees who are behind bars today? Where is it consistent with Sisi’s virtuous vision? And when will they have a day in court and be represented fairly, while ensuring their legal rights? What is their compensation for lost lives away from their children and families? Does his initiative include a paragraph Or two about reconciliation and compensation for the families of those who died in his prisons?Does he mention their names?

The report concluded: “The damage has occurred, and unless this regime takes a long and hard look at itself in the mirror to find a way to atone for its continuous sins, it will not change any amount of lipstick on this pig on the ground, so resolving the issue of political detainees in Egypt is the key to any long vision.” The term is a democratic state governed by the rule of law and respect for human and civil rights.

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