Three jailed Egyptian activists start hunger strike against 'ill-treatment'

Ahram Online , Thursday 26 Dec 2013

Activists Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel and Ahmed Douma launch hunger strike, objecting to 'bad treatment' by prison administration

Adel and Maher
Mohamed Adel (R) is seen with Ahmed Maher (L), founder and former leader of the "April 6" movement, when Maher turned himself in at Abddein court in Cairo, November 30, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

Jailed activists Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel and Ahmed Douma have started a hunger strike in protest at what they described as bad treatment by their jailers at a south Cairo prison.

The prominent activists were sentenced to three years imprisonment last week for breaking a new protest law and assaulting police officers.

The 6 April Youth Movement, from which Adel and Maher hail, issued a statement Thursday confirming reports that the activists had started the strike Wednesday.

Rights activist Mona Seif, wrote on Facebook that Maher, Douma and Adel have "started a hunger strike in protest at their conditions in prison. For example, their winter clothes have been taken from them because — after their sentencing  they are the wrong colour, and they have been given no replacements."

The 6 April group confirmed the prison adminsitration's denial of warm clothing to the three activists.

Seif also added they were denied correspondence.

Since Egypt's interim government passed a stringent protest law in November, many activists face jail time for protesting without permits. Many activists rejected the law and have protested against it.

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