Today, Ittihadiya detainees including rights activists Yara Sallam and Sanaa Abdel-Fattah, will receive a verdict. Abdel-Fattah, like a number of other arrested activists, has been on a hunger strike for the last 60 days. Stories like hers were dramatized last week in a production titled “Cannula: Stories of Empty Stomachs”:
The production, staged by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), tells the stories of detainees “who have decided to stage a hunger strike in protest against their trials, which failed to meet international standards of due process, and their inhumane treatment in prison.”
It focused on the stories of 14 people who have been detained in different prisons, in connection with various cases, over the past year and a half. Among these are field medics, journalists, students, and peaceful demonstrators, and bystanders.
That’s just a fraction of the more than one hundred detainees on hunger strike, along with 1,081 solidarity strikers.
According to a CIHRS release:
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