Egypt Watch

Families of prisoners complain about Badr Prison to the National Council for Human Rights

Families of political prisoners at the Reform and Rehabilitation Center in Badr city have complained that the prison authorities have deprived their relatives of their legal rights, including receiving visits, exercising, and obtaining medicines, books and clothes.

The Ministry of Interior had transferred political prisoners from Tora prison to the Badr prison complex, about 55 kilometres from the capital. Authorities said that the move was part of measures aimed at improving the conditions of prisoners. However, according to political prisoners and human rights organizations, complaints and violations increased despite the short period that detainees have spent in the new prison complex.

The Egyptian Front for Human Rights condemned the deprivation of detainees’ rights, while the families of prisoners submitted complaints to the National Council for Human Rights. At the end of last year, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi praised the Badr prison complex as evidence that the government had taken steps to improve prison conditions.