Urgent Action Update: Arbitrary Detained Egyptian on Hunger Strike (Egypt: UA 176.18)

On 25 January, Islam Khalil and four other prisoners began a hunger strike to protest their arbitrary detention. On 8 January, the Cairo Criminal Court had renewed Islam Khalil’s detention for a further 45 days. Islam Khalil, a victim of enforced disappearance, has been held in pre-trial detention on trumped-up charges since 10 March 2018. Islam Khalil maintains that he is innocent. It is believed that the charges brought against him are in retaliation for his political activism. According to information received by Amnesty International, Islam Khalil is physically and mentally exhausted and requires urgent medical care.






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Mr. Nabil Sadek
Public Prosecutor
Office of the Public Prosecutor, Dar alQada
al-Ali, Down Town
Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt
Fax: +202 2577 4716
Ambassador Yasser Reda
Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt
3521 International Ct NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 895 5400 I Fax: 202 244 5131
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @EgyptEmbassyUSA
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Counsellor,

On 25 January 2019, Islam Khalil and four other prisoners started a hunger strike in protest of their arbitrary detention. The date coincides with the eighth anniversary of the 25 January revolution that toppled the Hosni Mubarak’s government in Egypt in 2011. Islam Khalil went missing on 10 March 2018. It was not until 2 April 2018 that his family was informed of his whereabouts, after someone reported seeing him at the Tora Investigation prison in Cairo governorate during a visit.

Islam Khalil and three other co-defendants faced the same charges. However, while all the other co-defendants were released in September 2018, Islam remained in arbitrary detention over unfounded charges of “membership of an illegal group” and “spreading false news”. The charges, of which Islam Khalil maintains his innocence, are believed to have been brought against him in retaliation for his perceived political activism. On 8 January, the Cairo Criminal Court renewed his detention for another 45 days. According to information received by Amnesty International, Islam Khalil sleeps on the floor in a small cell that he shares with 14 inmates and suffers from back pain, as well as other health issues. He has been denied access to health care and the medication he urgently needs.

I urge you to ensure the immediate and unconditional release of Islam Khalil, who is being detained arbitrarily and drop all charges against him, and that, pending his release, Islam Khalil is protected from torture and other ill-treatment and that his detention conditions are in line with international standards, including access to water, food, medical treatment and medication. I urge you to ensure that prompt, independent, effective and impartial investigation is conducted into Islam Khalil’s allegations of torture and other ill-treatment and the circumstances surrounding his enforced disappearance from 10 March to 1 April 2018, and ensure that all those suspected to be responsible are brought to justice in fair trials.

Kind Regards,