The World Medical Association (WMA) says it is concerned over the treatment of more than 70 detainees in Egypt, including a number of doctors who have been sentenced to death.
In a letter to the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the leaders of the WMA express concern over the treatment of the detainees arrested following demonstrations in 2013. The WMA says it is particularly concerned about Dr Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, the former secretary general of the Egyptian Medical Syndicate and a former presidential candidate, who it says has been held in solitary confinement since his arrest for speaking out about human rights. They call for Dr Aboul Fotouh and other detainees to be given access to a qualified health professional and also urge President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to take immediate action to abandon the option of the death sentence.
“We are alarmed by these continuing and widespread practices undermining the most fundamental rights of the people and trust that you will take promptly all the necessary steps in respect of your engagements to safeguard in all circumstances respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with international standards,” the WMA said in a statement.