Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Detainees in Ramon Prison demand Israel to stop nude searches

Tuesday March 31, 2009 11:05 by IMEMC & Agencies

Palestinian detainees imprisoned at the Ramon Israeli Prison voice an appeal to human rights groups in order to oblige Israel to stop the naked and provocative body searches practiced by the soldiers against them.

Detainees' Parents Protest - File, image by jerusalemites.com
Detainees' Parents Protest - File, image by jerusalemites.com

The detainees stated that several days ago, they were undress in front of each other, while the soldiers insulted them and searched their rooms.

They added that the soldiers, and a special police unit, claimed that they were searching for “illegal materials” in the rooms.

The detainees also said that the army escalated its attacks against them recently, repeatedly broke into their room, searched them, and placed a number of detainees in solitary confinement.

They “Illegal materials” the army usually searches for are usually certain books and educational materials.

The Israeli Prison Administration decided recently to bar the entry of newspapers, and confiscated radios and TV sets.

The detainees voiced an appeal to human rights groups and the Red Cross to intervene and stop the Israeli violations and escalation against them.

Ramon Prison is located on the Egyptian borders. It is isolated and nearly out of reach, and is considered a punishment to the detainees and their families.