UA: 32/11 Index: MDE 12/018/2011 Egypt Date: 17 February 2011
LETHAL FORCE USED AGAINST EGYPTIAN PRISONERS
Since rioting broke out on 28 January, the safety of hundreds of prisoners in al-Qatta al-Gadeed
Prison north of Cairo, has been at risk. At least 25 prisoners and one prison officer are reported
to have been killed, with the last two such deaths occurring last weekend.
Prisoners and their families report that dozens of other prisoners have been wounded and are not receiving
professional medical attention. Some are receiving basic treatment from fellow inmates.
The unrest began on 28 January when al-Qatta al-Gadeed prisoners heard that prisoners had broken out or been
freed from other prisons in Egypt and demanded that the prison authorities should also release them The authorities
refused and there was then rioting in the prison. In response, prison guards are alleged to have used tear gas against
prisoners and excessive force, including lethal force using live ammunition. According to unofficial sources as many
as 25 prisoners have been killed, possibly more, including nine inmates of the prison’s Wing C (‘anbar Geem), and
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of the remaining prisoners, in view of the lethal force already used
by prison guards, including particularly those already suffering from wounds and who are not receiving adequate
Prisoners and their families also report that the prison inmates are being denied adequate food, water and other
basic necessities, and that this deprivation was especially acute in the period between 28 January, when the unrest
began, and 7 February, when soldiers threw bread, jam and cheese to inmates over the prison wall.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in English, Arabic or your own language:
Urging the authorities to immediately cease excessive force, including lethal force, against inmates of the prison
and to ensure that all those injured receive adequate medical treatment without further delay;
Urging the authorities to order an immediate independent investigation into the disturbances at al-Qatta al-
Gadeed prison to establish the circumstances in which prison guards used lethal force, to confirm and make public
the number of prisoners killed and injured and their identities, and to ensure that any prison guards responsible for
excessive force, unlawful killings or other abuses against prisoners are brought to justice;
Calling on the authorities to take immediate steps to ensure that all inmates of al-Qatta al-Gadeed prison are
treated humanely and have access to adequate food, water and other necessities without discrimination;
Urging the authorities to allow all prisoners regular access to their families and lawyers.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 18 MARCH 2011 TO:
Leader, Supreme Military Council
Field Marshal Muhammad Tantawi
Ministry of Defence, 23 Al Khalifa Al
Ma'moun Street, Cairo, Egypt
Fax: +202 2 291 6227
Minister of Interior
H.E. Mahmoud Wagdy
Ministry of Interior
25 El Sheikh Rihan Street
Bab al-Louk, Cairo, Egypt.
Fax: +20 22 796 0682
Salutation: Your Excellency
Abd El-Megeed Mahmoud
Dar al-Qadha al-‘Ali
Ramses Street, Cairo, Egypt
Fax: +20 22 577 4716
Salutation: Dear Prosecutor General
Salutation: Dear Field Marshal
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.