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Published On: Sun, May 28th, 2017

Somaliland: Hargeisa Central Jail Prisoners Hunger Striking

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Hargeisa prisoners start hunger strike today at 6pm. after delayed fasting food, due

to jail poor administration to have their fasting food on time .after that they set fire

their sleeping mattress. Mean while the Somaliland fire fighters control the fire set by

hunger prisoners

Fire fighters confirmed of the hunger striking, timed to coincide with the beginning of

first Ramadan, the holy Muslim month of fasting.. Though it is first time such events

takes place. .this is absolutely violation of fundamental human rights.missed food for


Tonight it is a bad night for prisoners of central jail of Hargeisa, neither sleep nor

stand because they set fire their sleeping mattresses.

Prisoners’ hunger strikes are problematic because prisoners are in the custody of the

state. Prisoners fall under the responsibility of the state, and as such, the state is

entrusted with ensuring their health and lives. Prisoners’ hunger strikes inherently

present a fundamental challenge to this responsibility because they aim to deny the

state the ability to carry out its custodial responsibilities. On May 20, 2017. a

diabetic detainee known as Abdi Abdilahi has passed away after lacked proper

medical treatment in the central of Hargeisa.

Prisoners’ hunger strikes have become a matter of concern for many African

countries. The widespread and repeated nature of this situation, as well as its

influence on prisoners’ and detainees’ fundamental rights, have troubled human

rights scholars.

Therefore the Somaliland jail requires complete review of detainees’ fundamental

human right on case by case basis.

Human rights Activist

Ahmed Ali Abdi

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