On Friday, Egyptian human rights groups said they had obtained another letter from Badr Prison inmates stating that five of them had attempted suicide, including the son of the late President Mohamed Morsi, Osama Morsi. According to local human rights groups, five hundred prisoners are being held in Badr Prison for political reasons.
Human Rights Watch stated last month that it was gathering data regarding the treatment of political inmates in Egypt’s infamous Badr Prison. There are indications of serious violations that require investigations, said Amr Magdy, a researcher at the human rights group.
Local and international human rights groups have expressed concern about the flagrant human rights violations at Badr Prison, explaining that recent news of repeated suicide attempts by prisoners compounds their problems. They called on the international community, including Egypt’s influential allies, to demand transparency from the Egyptian government regarding prison conditions in the country. They also called for the International Committee of the Red Cross and independent human rights groups to be allowed to inspect prisons and to open separate investigations into allegations of serious wrongdoing.
Since the transfer of prisoners to the newly constructed Badr Prison began in June 2022, they added at least four deaths had been reported, including three cases of medical negligence. They also documented various forms of torture that prisoners are subjected to, including exposure to bright lights 24 hours a day, deprivation of food, electric shocks, and sexual harassment, in addition to depriving prisoners of visits and denying them the right to communicate with their lawyers. “Despite the Egyptian government’s repeated claims of reform and the promotion of Badr Prison as a model for renewal and modernization, these violations continue unabated, and perpetrators enjoy complete impunity,” they said.