Female Prisoners of Conscience Announce Hunger Strike

Female prisoners of conscience have launched a hunger strike demanding fair trials

Female political prisoners in the Damascus Central Prison (Adra Prison) announced on Sunday they will launch an indefinite hunger strike until their cases are reviewed and they tried before the courts.

 

There are currently hundreds of Syrian female political prisoners in Adra and other prisons, suffering under terrible and inhumane conditions. Many of the detainees are elderly, sick, or pregnant and are in dire need of proper health care, which is often denied.

 

Other political prisoners are mothers, students, or civil servants who have been denied basic legal rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

The Assad regime is notorious for its ill treatment of political prisoners, and is well known for using extreme forms of torture to punish prisoners and instill fear in people.

 

News leaked from inside Adra prison have revealed that that the Assad regime plans to respond cruelly and viciously to the prisoners’ attempt to protest the inhumane conditions of their detention.

 

The Syrian Coalition urges international humanitarian organizations, specifically the United Nations Human Rights Council to put pressure on President Bashar Assad to release all political prisoners.

 

We ask for Mercy for our martyrs, health for our wounded, and freedom for our detainees.

 

Long live Syria and its people, free and with honor.

 

Translated and edited by the Syrian Observer

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