Jordan: 120 Islamist prisoners in hunger strike

To protest against abuse and improper imprisonment conditions

03 February, 11:36

    (ANSAmed) - AMMAN, FEBRUARY 3 - Around 120 Islamist political prisoners started hunger strike to protest against abuse by security guards and improper imprisonment conditions, activists and officials on Monday.

    Islamist prisoners, mainly salaifis say guards abuse them and deprive them from basic rights including rights to see their lawyers and meet family and keep them in solitary from other inmates.

    Salafi leaders, Abu Sayaf has warned the government to improve prisoners conditions or face consequences.

    "Prisoners will escalate the situation in two days if the government does not meet their demands. They need to be treated equally to other prisoners," he said.

    He said the prisoners and their families would expose practices of the government to international organizations, and if there is no breakthrough, more escalation to take place," he added, warning that other measures would be adopted if authorities do not meet prisoners demands.

    Human rights activists said they have been denied access to the prisons, despite repeated requests to meet the inmates in order to convey their message to concerned authorities.

    Jordanian authorities have been repeatedly criticized by international human rights groups including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International for abusing prisoners, physically and mentally.

    Last year, hundreds of prisoners in a facility near Amman rioted to protest abuse, leading to the death of many inmates.

    Most prisoners are Islamist activists, held behind bars following trials at the military run state security court.


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