Press Syndicate to host press conference in solidarity with detained activists
Press Syndicate headquarter - YOUM7 (Archive)
By AYA SAMIR

CAIRO: The Press Syndicate will host a press conference Monday organized by a number of parties to show their solidarity with activists detained over the 2013 Protest Law.

According to a statement released Friday by The Bread and Freedom Party, they will discuss a joint report at the press conference signed by eight parties about human rights violations perpetrated against prisoners, including random arrests and “inhumane” prison conditions.

Representatives from the State-affiliated National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), and the families of detained activists who have started a hunger strike, will also speak.

The Popular Socialist Alliance, the Popular Current, the Dostour Party, the Justice Party, the Bread and Freedom Party, the Karama Party, the Free Egyptians Party, and the Egyptian Social Democratic Party will start their conference in the Press Syndicate at 12:30 p.m.

A series of hunger strikes by detained activists started last month with Alaa Abdel Fattah refusing to eat following the death of his father, the human rights activist Ahmed Seif al-Islam Abdel Fattah.

Fattah’s family said Ahmed’s health worsened after his son and daughter Sanaa Seif, also an activist, were imprisoned. Alaa went on hunger strike demanding to be released to stand by his sick father.

“I will not play the role the [security forces] have chosen for me,” Abdel Fattah said in a statement announcing his strike.

Later, other activists joined in the strike demanding to be released, as most of them were jailed over the 2013 Protest Law and charged with conducting illegal demonstrations, including Ahmed Doma.

“Our demands are the release of all detained activists over the Protest Law, and the amendment of the law itself according to the applied articles by the National Council of Human Rights and international standards,” the activists announced in a statement.

The Bread and Freedom Party announced on their Facebook page Friday that Ehab Hamza, one of the activists detained in the Shura Council protests who was released on bail, decided to go on hunger strike to join Eslam Talat and Mahmoud Mohamed (also known as Yaseen Mohamed) inside the party’s headquarters.

Meanwhile, many NGOs have also condemned what they deem the “random” arrests of activists over the Protest Law.

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) issued a statement Wednesday condemning security forces for arresting young activists without cause, describing what is happening to the activists as “severe human rights violations.”

“This seems to be an indirect campaign to arrest all activists, as within just two days, around 15 activists were arrested,” ANHRI head of research Lamiaa Mahmoud told The Cairo Post in previous statements.

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