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Roumieh inmates refuse medication in protest against prison year

The Daily Star 18/11/2011

BEIRUT: Prisoners at Lebanon’s largest prison complex Roumieh have given up their medications in a bid to pressure authorities to reduce the prison year, security sources said Wednesday.

The sources said prisoners at Ward B of the prison complex, including those with medical conditions such as diabetes, handed over their medications to the administration in protest at the government’s failure to meet their demands.

Prison reforms were carried out by the government following a three-day riot in April that left four people dead and 10 others injured. Inmates were protesting poor living conditions and demanding general amnesty.

One of the reforms that the government agreed to implement was the establishment of a number of additional prisons across the country to resolve overpopulation in facilities such as Roumieh. The largest jail in the country, Roumieh prison was built for around 1,500 prisoners, but presently houses more than 3,700 inmates.

However, the government failed to pass a law in August that would allow prisoners to seek a reduction in their prison sentence.

Human rights activists have repeatedly urged the government to implement further reforms to resolve pressing issues facing prisoners in the country.


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