About Us

“All persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person.”  

-Article 10\1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights


The Human Rights Center for the Assistance of Prisoners (HRCAP) was established in 1997 as a non-political, non-profit civil company. It aims to provide legal assistance to prisoners and to advocate for the reform of prisons so that they become places of correction and rehabilitation.


The objectives of HRCAP are as follows:

- To develop the Egyptian penal system in order to ensure its conformity with the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, the Convention Against Torture and the international covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and to seek all  possible ways to implement these international standards.

- To monitor and gather information regarding Egyptian prisons. Then, to analyze this information and suggest recommendations that would improve prison conditions.

- To provide legal aid to prisoners.

- To raise awareness among lawyers, those working in penal institutions and citizens in general of the rights of prisoners.

- To call for improvements to the living, social and medical condition of prisoners, and to call for the amendment of laws regulating prisons, in order to bring them into conformity with the standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.

- To provide the necessary data to establish a database on prisons and prisoners, and to encourage researchers and scholars to conduct analytical and applied studies on prisons.

- To attempt to make prisons places of true correction and rehabilitation that assist prisoners to reintegrate into society after serving their sentence.



Lawyer Mohamed Zarei is the founder of the Human Rights Center for the Assistance of Prisoners. When he was a student at Cairo University, Zarei was arrested, tortured and detained for two months because  of his political views and activities. After completing his studies, he worked with the (Egyptian Organization for Human Rights).

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