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Egyptian hunger strikers Douma, Noubi must visit hospital out of prison: HRC

The human rights body warned the two activists' health is deteriorating as they continue a hunger strike to protest their detention

Ahram Online, Thursday 4 Sep 2014
Mohamed Abdel-Rahman, commonly known as 'Noubi' who began a hunger strike after 75 days in prison (Photo: Courtesy of El-Horreya Lil Gedan Facebook page)

Egypt's state human rights council on Thursday called for referring two jailed activists on hunger strike to a hospital outside the prison due to their deteriorating health, the Reuters' affiliated news website Aswat Masriya reported.

The National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) said that Ahmed Douma and Mohamed Abdel-Rahman, also known as "Noubi", must undergo medical tests to ensure their safety.

Representatives had visited the two activists to check up on their health after weeks of a hunger strike, in protest against what they've deemed as unfair detention.

The NHCR warned in a statement that Noubi could slip into a coma due to low blood pressure and suggested medical supervision out of prison.

The NHCR also called on the prosecution to review the detention of several suspects who have been held pending investigations into their charges.

"Despite the prison administration's follow-up and care to the hunger strikers … medical care should be developed for them to fit the possible deterioration of their health."

Both activists and several others are charged with breaking a controversial protest law, passed in November of last year, which bans all unsanctioned demonstrations.

According to the Facebook page "We are Fed Up", which supports detainees on hunger strike, 24 detainees are currently on hunger strikes, the most recent having started four days ago and the oldest 221 days ago.

Human rights activist Mona Seif and her mother Laila Soueif joined the ongoing hunger strike on Thursday.

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