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Over 100 activists petition to NCHR about jailed hunger strikers in Egypt

Journalists, lawyers, activists sign petition on Wednesday asking Egypt's National Council for Human Rights to attend to ailing detainees El-Shamy and Sultan whose hunger strike has exceeded 100 days

Ahram Online, Thursday 22 May 2014
Al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah El-Shamy
Al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah El-Shamy after more than 100 days on hunger strike (Photo released by Abdullah El-Shamy's family)
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Over 100 political activists, lawyers and journalists signed a petition on Wednesday to draw the attention of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) to the extreme measures some detainees have resorted to in order to demand their basic rights.

The petition mainly addressed the case of two detainees who have maintained a hunger strike for more than 100 days to protest being held without legal charges.

The first is Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah El-Shamy, who has been detained in Egypt nine months since his arrest on 14 August, when police forces dispersed protest camps held in Cairo by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, leaving hundreds killed.

The second detainee, Mohamed Sultan – son of Islamist preacher Salah Sultan – has sustained a hunger strike for 105 days and suffers deteriorating health.

The petition sent to the NCHR revealed all the details concerning the two detainees since their detention. It also included information about their health conditions.

Meanwhile, photos of El-Shamy eating and drinking in prison were circulated Wednesday on social media sites.

However, his family issued a statement claiming that the pictures were taken and posted by El-Shamy's jailers, adding that he may have been compelled to act as though he were eating in order for such pictures to be shot and posted on social media. 

"When we visited El-Shamy on 18 May, he told us he had faced intimidation with various threats in order to end his hunger strike," the family highlighted in the statement.
El-Shamy's family also affirmed that he remains on hunger strike to demand either his release or his referral to trial.

The family expressed its concern for El-Shamy's safety, since he was transferred from the Istiqbal prison to the notorious Al-Aqrab detention centre. 

In a video released by Al Jazeera and apparently shot in a prison cell, El-Shamy – looking feeble and wearing a white prison uniform – said the footage was recorded on the "106th day of my hunger strike."

A doctor who had examined El-Shamy's test results told Al Jazeera English that the journalist's condition was life-threatening and that he could "die within a few days." Another doctor later told AFP, however, that his condition would only be life-threatening if he continued his strike without receiving medical attention.

The trial of three other Al Jazeera journalists, who work for the network's English-language channel and have been held in Egypt since December, will resume on Thursday.

Baher Mohamed, Australian Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and 17 other co-defendants face charges of airing false news and aiding or joining Morsi's banned Muslim Brotherhood.

The trial has sparked an international outcry, with the US, the European Union, international rights groups and news organisations calling for the release of the detained journalists.

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Richard Wilson
28-05-2014 03:02pm
Al Jazeera prisoners in Egypt
I would like to add my protest to the treatment of Al Jazeera prisoners in Egypt. It just shows that this country has become more vicious and corrupt. I wrote to the Egyptian embassy in Ottawa expressing my disgust at their treatment, but of course, never got any response. I think Al Jazeera should keep this item on their front page as consistently as possible.
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22-05-2014 08:09pm
Life threatening?
It is not ok to imprison journalists ( as long as they don't commit real crimes, which still has to be approved), but sorry: Nobody dies because he looses 30 or 35 kg of weight within 4 month. If as is said before, Abdullah had 100 kg before (which very clearly is overweight), then he will not die suddenly because now he is on 65 or 70 kg. Ridiculous.... A lot of overweight people would be happy, but no, sorry, this is cynical....
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Hazem L
23-05-2014 12:34am
Best to release him and have gov apologize for its mistake
He could experience organ failure and perish as a result of that. Furthermore, the charges against him come from lala land and cannot be believed by anyone using their gray matter. He should just be released.

22-05-2014 04:12pm
What they did?
Let them continue hunger strike. Because instead protesting their be better make contribution in science, building new factories , developing poor areas through they active social position. They only protest politician making Egypt weaker than stronger. They are empty people that can only use Facebook and saying modern word "democracy "...Egypt need educated and hardworking people.
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