Egypt: Hunger Strike in Qanater Women’s Prison


Since the State Security Prosecution Department banned visits for Dr Basma, she started a hunger strike a week ago.

However, the Qanater prison administration, here, ignored her protest and pleas completely. Consequently, we – her mates in Qanater Prison – have decided to show solidarity by joining her hunger strike.

We are:

Mahinour Al-Masry

Rafidah Ibrahim

Alaa Alsayed

Asmaa Syed Salah

Esraa Khaled

Rana Abdullah

Sarah Abdullah

Despite differences in our ideological orientations and intellectual affiliations, we will not give up the right of any detainee.

Therefore, we decided to start a hunger strike, here in prison, until Dr Basma is given her most basic human right – to see her children.

We will continue our strike until the implementation of the court’s decision to allow her visiting rights. Although some of us already suffer ill health, and Dr Basma is undergoing important heart check-ups, the prison administration continues to refuse formal complaints and statements to prove the hunger strike action. This makes us wonder: “Is it carelessness? Or orders from National Security (State Police)?!”

We suspect National Security (State Police) intervention in the non-implementation of the court’s decision. Hence, we will continue our strike, insisting on our demand, until the end.

People of conscience and goodwill understand that the accused is innocent until proven guilty. Dr Basma suddenly found both herself and her husband accused in a big sham lawsuit, deprived of seeing their two young children, who have no-one to look after them.

Let us hope the voice of conscience, humanity and justice will be louder than all voices of injustice and oppression.

Qanater Female Political Prisoners


Grant “Strategic Release” to Abdul Olugbala Shakur

SIGN THE PETITION: Grant “Strategic Release” to Abdul Olugbala Shakur

The concept of “Strategic Release” has been developed by the New Afrikan Independence Movement (NAIM). As opposed to “compassionate release” which can occur for reasons of terminal illness or disability, so that the person poses no threat to society, “Strategic Release” refers to parole, pardon or clemency based on the positive impact the prisoner has already had on their community and society, and will continue to have upon release. It is based on a prisoner’s work and proven record of service to the community and society as a whole from within the prison. Petition for such release is based on a prisoner’s demonstrated commitment to solving the ills of society by working directly with the people and community. Experience has shown that success flows from working with the People rather than the government and law-enforcement, building restorative justice among the people. For the past 25 years, Brotha Abdul has consistently served the Afrikan-Amerikan community, and has been at the forefront in combatting gang violence and other criminality in the Black community.

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