In Egypt, the detainees demanded, in a leaked letter, to intervene to save them before the spread of the Coruna virus, warning of a “humanitarian catastrophe”.
The letter, published by the Egyptian human rights defender, Ahmed Al-Attar, under the title “Save us before it is too late,” revealed the absence of tools to prevent and hygiene in prison from the Corona virus.
The letter confirmed that with the passage of two weeks after the prevention of visits to them by a security decision, the detainees have run out of stocks that were coming to them from the visits, at a time when the Prison Authority did not provide toiletries for them.
“The detainees’ great anxiety over their relatives to deny them their knowledge, while preventing visits and interrupting their connection to the outside world, in light of the panic and fear of everyone spreading the Corona virus,” the message said.
The letter touched on the detainees’ suffering from the interruption of water that is pumped for “only two hours” a day and not sufficient for hygiene and personal and public care, and spoke about the absence of the lowest safety and health standards, where sunlight and fresh air do not enter the cells.
The letter indicated the lack of treatment and the difficulty to go to the hospital, which may cause immunodeficiency and the rapid spread of the disease.
In their message, the detainees appealed to “the free world, the World Health Organization and the judiciary, and the Egyptian government to be up to the occasion and to set aside our political differences so that we can be one hand in dealing with this epidemic.”
The message came at a time of frequent calls and appeals for the release of detainees in overcrowded prisons, according to a report by the National Council for Human Rights (government), which said in May 2015 that overcrowding in detention rooms exceeded 300%, and in 160% prisons.