Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Prisons of Kyrgyzstan “Gets Out Of Hand”

Posted by Info on 29/03/2011

Prisoners’ families’ members have been organizing pickets since March 26th in front of the most of jails and prisons throughout the country in fear of a violent crackdown on the part of the State service of corrections. They claim that prisoners have resorted to the hunger-strike as a matter of protest against “unbearable conditions of detention”.

“Prisoners are treated and fed worse than dogs. Whereas food that we provide for the most part is seized by prison staff. We are tired of bribing policemen so that they take proper care of prisoners” Many incidents that have occurred in March alone, including an attempt of a prison break, a homicide and finally the massive hunger-strike.

“Hunger-strike has resulted from “mass reprisals and empty declarations instead of a true war on crime”. According to this human right defender, “prisons are full of innocent people who were simply framed-up with drugs or ammunition planted by police.”

Meanwhile, the parliament has refused to discuss the issue of the mass hunger strike in the country’s prisons..
Prisoners demand the following:
1. to terminate illegal arrests of people under pretext of the “war on the organized crime”, since membership in an organized crime group has to be established by court, not by police;
2. to address the issue of tortures while under investigation and in detention, as well as extortion of bribes for letting a visit by family members, probation or hospitalization;
3. to improve the conditions for incarceration, to meet the minimal standards;
4. to review cases of life sentenced prisoners;
5. to focus on violations particularly in cases of illegal possession of drugs or ammunition;
6. to select carefully personnel for the police and correction services;
7. to provide proper health care for prisoners.

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