Human rights groups condemn sexual harassment of prisoners in Badr prison

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On Thursday, six human rights groups condemned the sexual harassment of prisoner Omar Muhammad Ali by Badr Prison guards, calling on the Public Prosecution to open a serious and transparent investigation into the incident and bring those responsible to trial.

The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression has submitted a report to the Attorney General about the incident. According to the rights group, three prison guards forcibly removed Ali’s clothes while he was handcuffed and repeatedly harassed. Human rights groups have added that the incident represents a severe indication of the extent of the violations faced by the detainees. They explained that the increasing violations inside Badr Prison indicate the absence of any changes in the policy of the security services responsible for prisons, in addition to the apparent contradiction with the measures proposed by the Egyptian authorities, which they claim aim to bring about fundamental changes in the human rights situation. Security forces arrested Ali in 2015. Then brought before the Military Prosecution, which charged him with disclosing military secrets. Ali, who suffers from appalling detention conditions, was tortured more than once.