DRP Concerned about Arrest of Abdullah Morsi by Egyptian Security Forces

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Detention Review Panel express concern about the arrest of President Mohammed Morsi’s son, Abdullah Morsi

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Today (10 October 2018) the Detention Review Panel have received reports that Abdullah Morsi, the son of former Egyptian President Morsi, has been arrested and detained by security forces from his home in Egypt. No reasons have been given for his arrest or detention. Abdullah recently campaigned against the arbitrary detention and treatment of his father. He has been a strong critic of the Egyptian regime’s treatment of his father and others who have been detained since the 2013 coup.

Earlier this year members of the Morsi family asked the Detention Review Panel, chaired by Crispin Blunt MP, to investigate Dr Morsi’s conditions in detention. The Panel included former UK Minister for State for Justice Lord Faulks QC and Member of the UK Health and Social Care Select Committee Dr Paul Williams MP.

The Panel found that President Morsi’s detention conditions were far below the standard expected by international legal standards. They also found that the President was being denied adequate medical treatment which would endanger his life.

Crispin Blunt MP said. “This is a depressing development in an already bleak picture for human rights in Egypt. We hope that the Egyptian authorities will find the common humanity to deal with family members of ex-President Morsi to a standard that will not embarrass them in future.”

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Morsi Detention Review Panel Report Released

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THREE UK PARLIAMENTARIANS RELEASE FINDINGS INTO DETENTION CONDITIONS OF DEPOSED EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT MOHAMED MORSI

MARCH 28TH, 2018

London – Three UK parliamentarians who formed an Independent Detention Review Panel (DRP) into the detention conditions of deposed Egyptian President Dr Mohamed Morsi, have today released their findings.

The DRP have concluded that Dr Morsi is being kept in conditions which fail to meet international standards known as the “Mandela Rules”. Dr Morsi, who has a history of ill-health including Diabetes, liver and kidney disease, is not receiving the adequate medical care required. This could result in his premature death.

The panel have also highlighted that Dr Morsi is being kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, with one hour for him to exercise alone. According to the UN special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, in certain cases solitary confinement can be classified as torture. 

The report also concludes that given Dr Morsi is no ordinary prisoner, the conditions of his detention should be of concern to the entire Egyptian chain of command, up to and including the President. His confinement could meet the threshold for torture in accordance with Egyptian and international law. Torture is a crime which can be prosecuted in many countries, under the principles of universal jurisdiction.

Speaking in Westminster at a presentation of the findings of the report, Chair of the panel, Mr Crispin Blunt MP said:

“Our conclusions are stark. On his health, the denial of basic medical treatment to which he is entitled could lead to his premature death. He has been denied proper access to his legal advisers and virtually any visits from his family. His solitary confinement has been severe enough to meet an international definition of torture. The whole overseeing chain of command up to the current President would have responsibility for this.

 It is not too late to address these properly held concerns. We continue to hope for the Egyptian authorities to see this as an opportunity to recognise that the conditions in which Dr Morsi and many other prisoners are being kept, do not meet Egyptian and international standards and address them. It would make a good start to a new term of office for the President. We are open to discussing our conclusions with the Egyptian authorities, and to receiving any evidence they have so we can re-examine our conclusions on the basis of the fullest information.”

 Upon receiving the conclusions from the review panel, Dr Morsi’s son Abdullah Morsi who is in Cairo said:

“We have known for a long time my father’s treatment does not meet international standards. Our fears and concerns have been confirmed by the findings of the Independent panel and our family is deeply troubled.

 We thank the panel for the work they have undertaken in producing this report. We now hope that other international politicians, diplomats and lawyers will make the effort to look into the conditions of my father’s detention and produce their own reports and recommendations. We cannot stop fighting for him now. The international community must condemn his treatment and push the Egyptian Government to allow his family to visit, and for him to receive medical care. We do not want him to die in prison.”

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For any enquiries please email or call Nikita Bernardi nikita.bernardi@btpadvisers.com +44 7956361806. A copy of the report and evidence submitted is available at www.detentionreview.com

Detention Review Panel Launch: Press Release

BRITISH PARLIAMENTARIANS AND LAWYERS ASK THE EGYPTIAN EMBASSY TO VISIT PRESIDENT MORSI IN PRISON
 

UK parliamentarians and international lawyers submit request to the Egyptian authorities to visit President Morsi in prison to review detention and health conditions

  • Visit request comes following concerns of reports of Morsi’s deteriorating health and lack of medical treatment
  • British Parliamentarians and lawyers form Detention Review Panel to review Morsi’s state ofhealth and detention conditions

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