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Egypt hunger strike over prison ‘cruelty’

LONDON –  Amnesty International, the global human rights group says about 130 inmates at a prison in Egypt’s capital, Cairo, have been on hunger strike for more than six weeks to protest against inhumane conditions and the denial of family visits.

The authorities at al-Aqrab maximum security prison in southern Cairo have retaliated against the detainees by “beating them, applying electric shocks with tasers and punished some of them with disciplinary measures,” Amnesty quoted a statement from the detainees as saying.

“By refusing to allow detainees to see their families, the Egyptian authorities are flagrantly flouting both Egyptian and international law and displaying callous cruelty,” Amnesty added.

The Egyptian government led by retired General Abdul Fattah al Sisi has come under severe criticisms for human rights abuses and constitutional violations since taking power.

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