Prisons and police stations across Egypt are bursting at the seams, Human Rights Watch says.

Opposition supporters, together with journalists who speak out against the Egyptian government and its policies, continue to be rounded up by security forces.

Dozens of Egyptians have died in government custody. With many packed into tiny cells, there are fears more will suffer the same fate as temperatures rise in the summer.

Allegations of torture and disappearances have increased since the army removed President Mohamed Morsi almost three years ago and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took over.

Human rights groups say the Egyptian government has not taken serious steps either to improve conditions or to independently investigate the deaths of detainees.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch say many appear to have died after being physically abused or tortured.

So, what is being done to monitor jail conditions in Egypt?

Presenter: Folly Bah Thibault


Mohamed Soltan - A human rights advocate and former political prisoner.

Nicholas Piachaud - Egypt researcher at Amnesty International.

Maha Azzam - Head of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council.

Source: Al Jazeera