Palestinian prisoners in Ramon jail refuse strip search

[ 08/06/2011 – 03:12 PM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli Ramon jail have appealed to human rights groups and international organizations to immediately intervene and demand an end to strip searches forced on them.

The prisoners said in a statement made available on Wednesday that the prison director insists that they should take off all their clothes even the underwear on leaving or returning to jail, claiming that was the rule in the prison service in Israel.

Fuad Al-Khafsh, the director of the Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies, said that the situation in the aforementioned jail was heading toward further deterioration.

He said that two of the prisoners who refused to strip for search were fined and held in solitary confinement as a punishment.

Khafsh charged that the prison director was trying to humiliate the prisoners especially when prisoners are ordered to strip in front of each other.

He said that the director insisted on the measure in a meeting with representatives of those prisoners, who in turn said would pursue all struggle means to resist the procedure.

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