Prisoner isolated after refusing to strip naked

[ 30/05/2011 – 10:28 AM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– A Palestinian man held in the Israeli Ramon prison was placed Sunday in solitary confinement after he refused to succumb to routine strip searches.

The prisoners’ families said in a phone call to the PIC that the prisoner, Mohammed Nafidh Dweikat from Nablus, was dealt 21 days in isolation for refusing to strip fully naked during the search.

The prison administration has enforced a new kind of search requiring prisoners to take off all clothes and place them on special hangers as the prison service searches the prison sections, the prisoners have said.

Dweikat’s refusal to comply, as he was the first ever prisoner subject to the procedure, is what made him liable for punitive action, the prisoners added.

The prisoners have criticized the way the prison is run as well as and the prison’s refusal to take part in dialogue with inmates.

They called on human rights groups to help curb this “violation of humanity of people in the Israeli prisons”.

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