Cairo – 26 December, 2017
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) filed a complaint today to the Public Prosecutor against the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the South Cairo and Giza Mills Company and the Director of the Manpower in Giza, holding them responsible for the life of Naji Rashad Abdelsalam, a worker at the South Cairo and Giza Mills Company, as he enters the twenty-fourth day of hunger strike to protest the arbitrary relocation decision from his place of work.
Naji Rashad Abdelsalam, a worker at the South Cairo and Giza Mills Company, was referred to the emergency room of Imbaba General Hospital by the public prosecution, after being summoned by the medical unit’s doctor at Imbaba, who carried out the medical examination on the worker on hunger strike at his workplace, and realized how dangerous his condition was.
Naji Rashad Abdelsalam began his hunger strike on Tuesday 5 December 2017, as a result of the arbitrariness of the company’s management, who issued a decision to transfer him to Masr al-Qadima Mills, which is far from his residence in al-Warraq. The company’s management insisted arbitrarily on the transfer of Naji to Masr al-Qadima Mills, although he submitted a petition requesting that the transfer decision be canceled or amended to Bashteel, Imbaba or any other place close to his place of residence, despite being aware that he suffers from high blood pressure.
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said that “The South Cairo and Giza Mills Company is a governmental company affiliated to the Holding Company for Food Industries and the decision to transfer Naji Rashad Abdelsalam is an arbitrary one which comes within the framework of the company’s desire to get rid of the workers’ activists and on top of them Naji Rashad, who is known for the minimum wage case, which warns of increasing violations by the executive branch against the established rights of Egyptian workers.”
ANHRI calls on the Public Prosecutor to swiftly open an investigation into the reasons for Naji Rashad Abdelsalam’s hunger strike and his demands. ANHRI also urges the Ministry of Manpower to intervene to save the worker’s life and return him to his previous job.