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Egypt reforms prisons and highlights rights, in moves critics call hollow

Egypt reforms prisons and highlights rights, in moves critics call hollow

AT a new correctional centre on the outskirts of Cairo, medical staff at a three-storey clinic stand next to pristine machinery. Female inmates exhibit artwork and knitting. On a tightly controlled media visit to the facility last month, Assistant Interior Minister Tareq Marzouq told reporters that the government was pushing through prison reforms that reflected "the extent of progress and modernisation" in Egypt. Supporters of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi say moves to improve jail conditions, alongside the creation of a five-year human rights strategy, reflect Egypt's growing confidence as it emerges from the twin threats of Islamist militancy and political…
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