NCHR visits El-Qanater prison
George Ishak - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) Monday visited El-Qanater prison to inspect the conditions of female inmates there after receiving complaints that violations had taken place.

The council delegation included Ragia Omran, Neven Mosaad, George Ishaq, Kamal Abbas and Salah Salam.

Ishaq told The Cairo Post that they will release a report Tuesday regarding the visit, but declined to give any further information about the visit until after the release of the report.

Meanwhile, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Monday with NCHR head Mohamed Fayek at Ithadeya presidential palace.

Presidential spokesman Ihab Badawy said in a statement that the two discussed proposals for enhancing human rights conditions in Egypt.

Sisi expressed his respect for the international values of human rights, Ihab added.

Fayek addressed the reported complaints about violations that took place during arrests and prison detentions, unjustified extensions of pre-trial detention and the inappropriate conditions some inmates are kept in according to Badawy.

Badawy also said the NCHR will be allowed to do its job and the government will facilitate visits to prisons and detention centers at any time.

On July 3, Amnesty International released a report documenting reported cases of torture and detention without charges in Egyptian prisons.

It said Egypt is still using methods of torture from the time of former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime despite promises to respect human rights and violations continue at an “astonishing rate” and with impunity.

On June 26, Attorney General Hisham Barakat announced there was “no evidence” of torture at Tora Prison following a surprise inspection by public prosecutors he ordered.

In his statement, he said that although investigators did not receive complaints from inmates about torture or maltreatment, they did complain of limited exercise times, glass partitions preventing direct contact between them and visitors, delays in processing visit times and a lack of mattresses. Barakat said he ordered an investigation into all of the prisoner complaints.

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