The Shihab Center for Human Rights holds regular press conferences to shed light on the suffering of political prisoners in Egyptian prisons, particularly those with medical conditions.
In one of the conferences titled "Detained Patients", the centre cited specific cases such as university students Omar Afifi who has a rubber bullet in his right eye, Mahrous Ali who suffers from a clot in his brain, and Momen Mostafa who died due to lack of medical treatment of his kidney disease, which required dialysis treatment every week.
According to Shihab centres' lawyers, as quoted by Al Mesryoon newspaper, the detainees are all political prisoners, locked up without due process. Some of them have no affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood or any Islamist party, while others have been supporters of the ouster of Morsi. Some have been randomly arrested because they lived in the vicinity of clashes between anti-coup protesters and police, the lawyers added.
They pointed out that the major calamities suffered by detainees include the permanent water cut and power outages, as well as absence of medical care for patients. Moreover, the area of average detention cells is barely 2 by 3 meters, with approximately 35 individuals inside.