Egyptian human rights lawyers say new prison law legalises abuses

2015-10-26 20:59
Jail bars. (File photo, AP)

Jail bars. (File photo, AP)

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Cairo - Egyptian human rights lawyers say they are concerned that recent amendments to prison laws, which give administrators wider leeway for the use of force, could open the door to more violations in Egypt's prisons.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi issued the amendments and additional articles in the official gazette late on Sunday.

One amendment, for example, allows prison officers to use force against prisoners who resist orders, beyond the previously authorised use of force for self-defense and to prevent an escape attempt.

"This is a legal cover to all forms of violence that could occur inside prisons," said Mohamed Abdelaziz, a rights lawyer and director of the al-Haqanya legal centre.

In addition, the maximum time a prisoner can spend in solitary confinement has been increased from 15 days to 30 days.

Read more on:    abdel-fattah el-sisi  |  egypt  |  north africa  |  human rights

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