CAIRO: Members of the Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence announced they started a full hunger strike in solidarity with hunger-striking detained activists, according to its Facebook page Friday.
A few weeks ago, a number of detained activists started a gradual hunger strike campaign called “Gebna Akherna” (We’ve Had It Up to Here) as they called for their releases after their detention periods were repeatedly renewed.
With charges of organizing illegal demonstrations without prior police permit, many political activists are now facing prison terms and are detained on remand pending court cases.
The campaign was originally launched to defy the infamous 2013 Protest Law adopted in November 2013, under which many of the activists are imprisoned.
At the request of some families of the detained activists, the National Council for Human Rights paid a visit to Torah Prison to check on the health status of the hunger-striking detainees Ahmed Douma, Alaa Abdel Fattah and Mohamed Abdel Rahman.
After the visit, the council issued Thursday a statement demanding medical follow-ups for the hunger-striking detainees.
The NCHR also appealed to prosecutors to consider the release of the detainees under a jail bond, as some of them need medical care outside prison.
“Despite the follow-up conducted by the prison’s administration on the hunger strikers and the suitable place provided for their condition, the medical care should be developed to match their health deterioration,” the statement read.
The statement said Abdel Rahman, known as “Nouby,” demanded to be transferred to an external hospital because he needs “strict medical supervision due to his low blood pressure, which may result in him entering a coma.”
Nouby is held over charges of violating the 2013 Protest Law along with 25 others, including Abdel Fattah, over the “Shura Council” incident that took place in November 2013.
In its report, the NCHR delegation also demanded prison authorities provide gastroscopic examinations and medical checkups to detained activist Douma.
Douma started his hunger strike Aug. 28, and his wife reported that he is suffering from severe acid reflux as well as stomach ulcers. She said on her Facebook page that he became “like a skeleton” and that he is unable to move around without a wheelchair.
He and two members of the April 6 Youth Movement are now serving three years in prison over orchestrating an illegal demonstration outside Abdeen Court, where his sentence was upheld in April 2014.
Additional Reporting by Aya Samir