More than 1,300 prisoners stitched their mouths in Kyrgyzstan.
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More than 1,300 prisoners stitched their mouths in Kyrgyzstan.

Bişkek : Kyrgyzstan | Jan 26, 2012 at 8:09 AM PST
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A group of Kyrgyz people drive a car in Bishkek as new unrest erupted in Kyrgyzstan

The authorities ordered to force-feed the 7,000 inmates who are on hunger strike to demand better prison.

Nearly 7,000 prisoners are on hunger strike in prisons in Kyrgyzstan to protest the way security forces ended a riot and more than 1,300 have sewn their mouths to prevent food by force, and ordered the authorities, as reported on Thursday State Prison Service. Specifically, there are 6680 people on hunger strike, of which 1319 are sewn mouth.

The press secretary of that body, Sabatarova Eleonora, had declared a day earlier on Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty that about 600 had been transferred to medical facilities in prisons because their health has deteriorated because of the fast.

The hunger strike began on January 17, a day after security forces to quell a riot at a prison in Bishkek where a prisoner was killed and hundreds injured.

The Ombudsman, Tursunbek Akun, said Wednesday at a press conference that the prisoners had requested that satisfied a series of demands in exchange for food and ripped back to the mouth. "They complain of assaults and deprivation of their rights," he said.

"Prison officials maintain that the prisoners were thrown boiling water on 16 January during the registration and inmates say the riot police beat them without reason," said Akun, cited by Kyrgyz news agency.

Beatings and torture

Relatives of the prisoners informed the media about their demands. These include an end to the beatings and torture at the detention center # 1 of Bishkek and other penal colonies, to ensure the legal protection of persons detained or imprisoned and improve their living conditions.

They have also claimed to be tried by the criminal to the State responsible for the Prison Service and the detention center # 1 for the assaults on inmates and forensic experts who examined the body of Nurbek Alymbayev (who died in the riots) for giving "false conclusions".

Finally, they were required to suspend the legal proceedings against prisoners detention center number 1 after January 16 and the resignation of Chief of State Penitentiary, Sheishenbek Baizakov, among other officials.

The Ombudsman visited a detention center in Bishkek. "Many of the people who are on hunger strike are in very bad conditions. Two of them fainted, "he said. According to prisoners, the Prison Service State has given "misinformation" to say that some of them were receiving food from their families. Akun have told who have sewn their mouths "to show that it is not."

Human rights

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has called in a statement that respects human rights and improves conditions in prisons and detention centers in Kyrgyzstan.

The president of the Human Rights Committee of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Matteo Mecacci, underlined that "Human rights do not cease to be in place at the entrance of a prison."

These rights "must be respected, even in the detention and custody," he said.

"I hope the authorities to reconsider the closure of the common cells for prisoners are guaranteed a certain freedom of movement", said.

Source: Daily Mail.

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