Interior ministry transfers Alaa Abdel-Fattah to Wadi Al-Natroun correctional centre upon NCHR request

El-Siyad Gamal El-Din , Wednesday 18 May 2022

The Ministry of Interior transferred imprisoned activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah to Wadi Al-Natroun Correctional and Rehabilitation Centre upon the request of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), a statement by the ministry said on Wednesday.

Alaa Abdel Fattah


Earlier on Wednesday, Abdel-Fattah’s sister, Mona Seif, announced on her Twitter account that her mother, Laila Sueif, was informed by the transfer order to the Wadi Al-Natroun correctional and rehabilitation centre.

Abdel-Fattah, a 40-year-old well-known activist and blogger, has been on hunger strike since early April in the high-security Tora prison to protest his imprisonment conditions, according to his family and rights activists.

On Tuesday, the NCHR appealed to the interior ministry in a statement to transfer Abdel-Fattah to Wadi El-Natroun centre for its “advanced medical capabilities.”

The NCHR’s statement came a day after a local media cited a security source denying that Abdel-Fattah is on a hunger strike.

In a statement on Saturday, the NCHR announced that it received a petition signed by 500 Egyptian women urging the activist’s admission to the prison’s hospital in order to be placed under medical observation.

Furthermore, President of the NCHR Moushira Khattab stressed she “shares Egyptian mothers’ concerns over the health of a young man who has been on hunger strike for 43 days; a matter that would pose an imminent danger to his health.”

Khattab also called on Abdel-Fattah to end his hunger strike.

Abdel-Fattah has been in jail since 2019 and is now serving a five-year sentence for joining a terrorist group and spreading false news inside and outside the country.

In November, the Court of Cassation upheld a ruling placing Abdel-Fattah and 26 others on the country’s terrorism list for a five-year period in the case 1,781/2019.

The Wadi Al-Natroun correctional centre, the largest prison complex in the country, is considered one of the largest rehabilitation and reformation centres worldwide and is managed according to international standards of human rights and modern technology.

The interior ministry has already established a central hospital inside the centre that is operated by well-trained medical staff and equipped with the latest technologies, including 300 beds, 28 ICU beds, 4 operation rooms, along with isolation and emergency rooms. 

The hospital also houses a central pharmacy, laboratories, a dialysis unit, specialised clinics, and a counselling centre supervised by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime for inmates with AIDS and addiction issues.

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