NCHR to visit Wadi al-Natroun Prison to observe prisoner conditions
Chairman of the NCHR Mohamed Fayek - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The state-run National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) will visit Wadi al-Natroun Prison to observe prisoner conditions, said the deputy chairman of the NCHR, Abdel Ghaffar Shokr, Sunday in an interview on Al Ghad Al Aarabi News channel.

Shokr added that the NCHR will form a fact-finding commission to visit different prisons to verify the application of human rights standards inside detention centers and assure that prisoners are treated well.

He said the council visited numerous politicians and activists who were detained during the third anniversary of the January 25 Revolution to check claims that they were brutally tortured during their detention.

The detained said they were not tortured in the prison but were treated badly, he said, adding that they heard screams from neighboring rooms in the prison.

Mohamed Fayek, chairman of the NCHR, told the El Mehwar satellite channel on March 18 that the cases of torture in prisons decreased significantly over the past three years, adding that “systematic torture ended in 2011.”

Before 2011, human rights organizations were reporting 14 victims of torture annually in prisons, Fayek said.

He stated that the NCHR is an independent association and its decisions are not politicized, adding that the association organizes such visits to detention centers because it seeks to issue new laws coinciding with international regulations.

The El Marg Police Department witnessed last week the death of a detainee, Magdy Ibrahim, after a severe beating. The initial forensic report confirmed that the cause of death was the beating of his head and neck, Youm7 reported Sunday.

The attorney general investigated the case and called the officers accused of killing the victim to hear their testimonies, Youm7 reported.

Additional reporting by Kareem Sobhi.

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