Prison Conditions in Egypt

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Human Rights Watch, 1992 - Egypt - 157 pages
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The first such report on Egypt by human rights organization including on-site inspection and extensive interviews with current inmates, Prison conditions in Egypt documents appaling conditions and practices. It describes the filth and poor sanitary facilities in living quarters and hospitals, tremendous overcrowding and prolonged daily confinement, denial of medication attention, the use of unauthorized physical violence against inmates, and the imposition of particularly harsh living conditions on sentenced security prisoners and security detainees held without charge. The report provides a detailed set of recommendations to the Egyptian authorities for improving the current conditions.
 

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Page 3 - All persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person.
Page 102 - The medical officer shall have the care of the physical and mental health of the prisoners and should daily see all sick prisoners, all who complain of illness, and any prisoner to whom his attention is specially directed.
Page 75 - Every prisoner on admission shall be provided with written information about the regulations governing the treatment of prisoners of his category, the disciplinary requirements of the institution, the authorized methods of seeking information and making complaints, and all such other matters as are necessary to enable him to understand both his rights and his obligations and to adapt himself to the life of the institution.
Page 49 - The sanitary installations shall be adequate to enable every prisoner to comply with the needs of nature when necessary and in a clean and decent manner. 13. Adequate bathing and shower installations shall be provided so that every prisoner may be enabled and required to have a bath or shower, at a temperature suitable to the climate, as frequently as necessary for general hygiene according to season and geographical region, but at least once a week...
Page 49 - Adequate bathing and shower installations shall be provided so that every prisoner may be enabled and required to have a bath or shower, at a temperature suitable to the climate, as frequently as necessary for general hygiene according to season and geographical region, but at least once a week in a temperate climate. 14. All parts of an institution regularly used by prisoners shall be properly maintained and kept scrupulously clean at all times.
Page 125 - Every prisoner who is not employed in out-door work shall have at least one hour of suitable exercise in the open air daily if the weather permits. (2) Young prisoners, and others of suitable age and physique, shall receive physical and recreational training during the period of exercise.
Page xvii - Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners as well as the United Nations Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials; 23.4. prohibit torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and take effective legislative, administrative, judicial and other measures to prevent and punish such practices; 23.5.
Page 122 - ... (3) Sufficient work of a useful nature shall be provided to keep prisoners actively employed for a normal working day. (4) So far as possible the work provided shall be such as will maintain or increase the prisoners' ability to earn an honest living after release.
Page 81 - Persons who are found to be insane shall not be detained in prisons and arrangements shall be made to remove them to mental institutions as soon as possible. (2) Prisoners who suffer from other mental diseases or abnormalities shall be observed and treated in specialized institutions under medical management. (3) During their stay in a prison, such prisoners shall be placed under the special supervision of a medical officer. (4) The medical or psychiatric service of the penal institutions shall provide...

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