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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