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Egypt's interior ministry sets up special cells for disabled prisoners

Up to 100 disabled prisoners in two prisons will benefit from the newly opened cells, according to the ministry

Ahram Online , Wednesday 20 May 2015
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Egypt's prison wadi el nattron (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egypt's prison authority has set up cells for disabled prisoners in two of its prisons, a statement by Egypt's interior ministry announced on Wednesday.

"The prison authority has installed special devices inside the prison cells that will be helpful for prisoners with special needs," a post read on the interior ministry's official Facebook page.

Almost 100 disabled prisoners are to benefit from the newly opened cells, according to the ministry.

The new cells are in the Wadi Al-Natroun prison in Egypt's Nile Delta governorate of Beheira and in the Borg El-Arab prison, near the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

It was also announced on Wednesday that the prison authority would also set up similar cells in other prisons "to uphold human rights values, sponsored by Interior Minister Magdi Abdel Ghaffar".

Egyptian prisons are notorious for their inhumane conditions.

In the last few months, the National Council for Human Rights has received prisoners' complaints over lack of ventilation inside prison wards and cells.

People with special needs make up more than 12 million of Egypt's population, according to rights' organisations.

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