RAMALLAH, December 4, 2014 (WAFA) – At least 10 Palestinian political prisoners incarcerated in the Israeli Nafha prison have been put in solitary confinement since last June, Thursday said the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC).
An attorney with the PPC said he visited the prison to find that the 10 Palestinian political prisoners are isolated in foul-smelling strictly sealed cells with no windows.
The cells are also aligned to others housing criminal inmates, who frequently maltreat their political fellow inmates and verbally assault them.
The PPC also reported on a severe shortage of sufficient warm winter clothes and blankets for the prisoners; The prison administration prohibits prisoners from bringing blankets and warm winter clothes from outside, but allows them to buy blankets from the prison’s canteen; the blankets sold there are very expensive, very bad in quality and do not provide them with the necessary warmth.
The Israeli prisons service also strict prisoners’ access to books and forces them to remain handcuffed at the daily break time, said PPC.
According to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez, solitary confinement “causes mental and physical suffering amounting to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
“Prison isolation fits the definition of torture as stated in several international human rights treaties, and thus constitutes a violation of human rights law. For example, the U.N. Convention Against Torture defines torture as any state-sanctioned act “by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person” for information, punishment, intimidation, or for a reason based on discrimination,” reported American friends Service Committee.