• August 4, 2016

Female Political Prisoners in Qanater Jail Start Hunger Strike

Female Political Prisoners in Qanater Jail Start Hunger Strike

 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