Hunger threatens prisoners in Lebanon and their families demand “pardon or feed them.”
Saturday – 28 Shaaban 1442 AH – April 10, 2021 AD Issue No. [
From the sit-in of prisoners’ families in front of the Ministry of Interior yesterday (Al-Watania)
Beirut: “Asharq Al-Awsat”
The number of prisoners in Lebanon is 6,989, distributed between 5,391 in Roumieh Central Prison and other prisons, and 1,598 detainees in eyeglasses, justice palaces and places of detention of the Internal Security Forces, and the number of Lebanese prisons is 25.
The parents appealed to the Minister of Interior in the caretaker government, Mohamed Fahmy, to intervene to find a comprehensive solution to the problems of prisoners and prisons, noting that their children suffer from hunger in overcrowded prisons amid the Corona epidemic.
The head of the Association of Detainees’ Committees in Lebanese Prisons called Dumar Al-Miqdad concerned with exempting prisoners, especially since the state is unable to feed them, saying: “If you are unable to feed them, why do not you forgive them, why do you not prosecute them?” What we want is a 6-month prison year or a general pardon. ”
And the economic crisis in Lebanon imposed to reduce the amount of meat and poultry provided to the prisoners, as the companies that were committed to securing foodstuffs were unable to deliver the same previous quantities, especially meat and poultry, because of their high prices.
The prisoners and their families had warned at the end of last month of “famine” in prisons, after the decline in the quantities of food they received, as well as the deterioration of their health in light of the loss of medicines and the difficulty of entering hospitals.
In the context, the prisoners of Building B in Roumieh Central Prison issued a statement, two weeks ago, about the difficult living and humanitarian conditions in which they live in light of the economic crisis, indicating that they have become “between the hammer of the high price of the store many times higher than the previous price, and the anvil of the financial crisis that has become Unable to secure prisoners’ food, whose quantities were reduced to less than a quarter of the amount that was distributed before the crisis.
The statement indicated that prisoners now prefer “field execution over death exerting hunger and need, especially after the death of some prisoners of disease after the Corona storm and other diseases,” noting that some hospitals refused to receive prisoners due to non-payment of dues to them by the state.
The Public Prosecutor had requested the General Directorate of the Internal Security Forces to quickly deposit a detailed report on what was reported by the media about the insufficient food provided to prisoners in Roumieh prison, and about the high prices inside the store in preparation for the necessary action in this regard.