[Pnews] Palestine - Tension and Isolation at al-Demon Women's Prison
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Tue Dec 18 11:31:50 EST 2018
Tension and Isolation at al-Demon Women's Prison
December 18, 2018
On 17 Dec 2018 Addameer’s lawyer and director Sahar Francis visited
al-Demon prison were all Palestinian women detainees are held currently.
Sahar’s visit did not last for even 15 minutes as the prison
administration canceled the visit and informed Sahar that there is an
It came to Addameer’s knowledge today, 18 Dec 2018 that women in
detention are still targeted especially those who were transferred from
Hasharon prison after protesting the operation of the cameras.
Prisoners at al-Damon informed Addameer’s lawyers that the prison
administration asked some workers from the civil prisoners to repair the
sewage system in room number 11 in the Women section at Al-Damon. The
room has 7 women prisoners who went into their recreational time during
the reparations. Though, the deputy administrator of the women’s section
claimed that she have asked the women to stay in the toilet during the
reparations rather than the yard. The women reaffirmed that they did not
know of such a request and this is why they went to the yard to take
their recreational time.
The women in detention added that the prison administration got outraged
and took the prisoner Yasmin Sha’ban to isolation. Yasmin was put in the
lawyer’s visit room form 12 PM until 5:30 PM and she was sentenced in a
disciplinary hearing to have no family visits for a month, a fine of 100
– 600 Shekels from the canteen money, and to receive no letter for two
In addition to the measures taken against Yasmin, Israeli forces raided
room number 11 and confiscated all electronic equipment except for one
heater. All of this led the girls in this room to protest through
refusing the recreational time, and this led the administration to let
Yasmin out of isolation at 5:30 PM as mentioned before. The prison
administration informed the women in the room that they will have a
Addameer sees that there is direct targeting to women in detention
especially those who were transferred from Hasharon prison to al-Demon
prison after protesting for two months in September 2018 new punitive
measures against them.
According to Addameer there are now 53 women detained at al-Damon, this
includes two minors and two women under administrative detention.
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