“There is Room for Everyone” A report by ANHRI covering the expansion in prison construction after January 25 Revolution

Cairo: 5 September, 2016

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) said today: “The dramatic expansion in building prisons is not necessarily due to the increase in population. Rather, it is due to the prevalence of political cases and suppression of dissidents. The increasing number of prisons is a message that there is always enough room in prison for everyone who opposes or criticizes the current regime, and that despite the economic crisis in Egypt, the government didn’t find it difficult to build (19 new prisons) to accommodate these massive numbers, some of which became the largest in Egypt, such as, Gamasa and al-Minya Prisons, as each of them can hold about 15,000 prisoners and detainees”.

All of these points are addressed in a new report released today by ANHRI, entitled “There is Room for Everyone.. Egypt’s Prisons Before and After January 25 Revolution”, which covers the prisons and places of detention in Egypt. The report includes statistics published for the first time, such as the number and names of the Egyptian prisons, the governmental resolutions and decrees for establishing 19 new prisons in Egypt following the January 25Revolution, a list of Egypt’s central prisons and different police departments and centers. In addition to monitoring the number of prisoners in Egypt, which is estimated by ANHRI at nearly 106,000 prisoners including 60,000 political detainees.

The report also defines Egypt’s main prisons before January 25 Revolution, and provides their locations and names, in addition to the central prisons across Egypt’s provinces, and the illegal places of detention used by the security forces. Furthermore, the report listed out the major and explicit cases of violations that are being committed on a day-to-day basis, whether in violation of the Constitution or of the laws regulating prisons- in a table showing the legal article being violated and the case of infraction. ANHRI also publishes a list of the most famous security camps, based on testimonies of their use as places of detention, along with another list of both the old and new women prisons operating in Egypt, which amounts to 13 prisons, despite there were only 9 before the revolution.

The report also highlights the 19 prisons built after January 25 Revolution; under the rule of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) the military junta: (only one prison), during the reign of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB): (only 2 prisons), then under interim president Adli Mansour and president al-Sisi, they both established 16 prisons, leading to a total number of 19 prisons

ANHRI based its documentation of the number of new prisons on the Official Gazette and the official resolutions issued regarding the establishment of prisons; given the fact that the Interior Ministry withholds information and also due to the inaccuracy of the news published in media outlets. For example, there has been a news piece that has been propagated (twice) about the establishment of a new prison in Sharqia’s Salehia Center, although it hasn’t been published in the Official Gazette.

Therefore, ANHRI decided to make a guide-like report providing adequate information about all places of detention and prisons in Egypt, including police stations and centers, with numbers and locations, so that such information is made available for whoever is concerned with such an issue, and in order to help the families of prisoners and detainees as well.

To read the full report in Arabic

In English

To download the report in PDF format Click Here

For further information in Arabic: Ahmed Gamal Ziada

+02 27545983 or via e-mail: [email protected]

For English and Spanish: Ramy Rostom

+02 25174353 or via e-mail: [email protected]