Three Bahraini female detainees on hunger strike since Sunday

Three Bahraini female detainees on hunger strike since Sunday

Three Bahraini detainees, Hajer Mansoor, Najah Yusuf and Medina Ali, started a hunger strike on Sunday in protest over inhumane living conditions at Bahrain’s Isa Town Women’s Detention Centre.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Three Bahraini detainees, Hajer Mansoor, Najah Yusuf and Medina Ali, started a hunger strike on Sunday in protest over inhumane living conditions at Bahrain’s Isa Town Women’s Detention Centre.

Bahraini rights campaigner Ebtisam Al-Saegh reported on Wednesday that Mansoor is already dehydrated and the health of the other two prisoners is also deteriorating.

Authorities have reportedly responded by isolating the women from the prison’s general population and locking them up in the infirmary ward.

The detainees are unable to contact anyone from the outside world. They are also unable to pray and shower while being denied any privacy as a video camera observes them around the clock.

Meanwhile, the prison administration has thus far ignored all of their demands.

The women are calling for the removal of glass barriers between prisoners and their visiting family members, more access to the prison’s courtyard as well as three phone calls per week.

Last month, the three detainees were reportedly assaulted by prison guards after being prevented from taking part in annual Ashura commemorations.

Both Hajer Mansoor and Medina Ali have observed hunger strikes in the past over their ill-treatment in detention.


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