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July 8, 2013

Female detainees in Syria on hunger strike

Political prisoners' protest enters eighth day.
Women standing in solidarity with Syrian detainees. (Creative Commons Flickr/Freedom House)
Female political prisoners in the Syrian town of Adra have entered their eighth day of hunger strikes to protest their treatment in the Damascus Central Prison. The detainees are demanding a right to a fair trial, proper medical care and contact with family members. Some prisoners are pregnant, elderly or sick and have been denied proper treatment, according to the Syrian National Coalition.
A Syrian human rights organisation recently released a statement saying the approximately 300 female prisoners in Adra were living in inhumane conditions, failing to meet the basic United Nations' international human rights standards for treatment of prisoners.