Afghan Prisoners on Hunger Strike
March 21, 2008   By:    Afghanistan, Detainee, Hunger Strike, Pul-i-Charkhi   1 comment   //   591 Views

KABUL –Scores of inmates at Afghanistan’s main jail, which holds Taliban prisoners, are reportedly on hunger strike with some having sewn their mouths shut, a parliamentarian said Tuesday.

Afghan media said the strike began after guards arrested visitors to the Pul-i-Charki prison following the escape of some inmates.

Authorities have posted extra security outside the prison on the outskirts of the capital.

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It was not clear what was happening inside the prison, but a doctor said on condition of anonymity that he had treated one prisoner for gunshot wounds and three policemen for inhalation of pepper spray.

Pul-i-Charkhi, located on the eastern outskirts of Kabul, houses some 2,000 prisoners, about a hundred of them female.

The prison has running water, a hospital and even a library. However, all the facilities are extremely outdated, and electricity supplies are sporadic. The prison guards lack adequate equipment and training, and corruption is widespread.

Lawmaker Fazel Rahman Samkani told AFP that a parliamentary delegation looking into the situation was not allowed to enter the prison on Monday because authorities would not open the doors for them.

“We received complaints that they were on strike. We went there but could not talk to prisoners to see what their problems were and if the claims were true,” he said.

A similar standoff in October lasted for 11 days when about 240 inmates protested the execution of fellow prisoners.

In February 2006, six inmates were killed and dozens injured in riots sparked by a request from the jail’s authorities that they wear prison uniforms.

Prisoners gained control over one of the prison’s blocks and fighting continued for the whole night.


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