IMEMC and News Agencies – 2004-06-15 09:39:02
(June 14, 2004) — Mandela Institution, specialized in prisoners’ affairs, released a statement Saturday revealing facts about inhuman conditions which the Palestinian female detainees face in Telmond ˆ Hasharon detention camp.
The institution said that their lawyer Bothina Doqmaq managed to meet with some detainees in Telmond prison Thursday who told her about their conditions and hardships they facing detention.
Doqmaq said that the number of female detainee in Telmond is 29 distributed into two separate branches and facing very difficult living conditions.
Meanwhile, Doqmaq added that she managed to visit Sima Anbas, from Tulkarem refugee camp, Sana’ Shihada, from Qalandia refugee camp, Hanan Abu Arqoub, from the village of Dura, near Hebron and Qahira Al-Saadi, from Jenin.
The detainees told her that the rooms are filled with bugs, insects and roaches, and that they lack the basic needs and minimal human conditions.
Sima Anbas, a detainee and a mother of four children, who also lost her husband and brother who were both killed by the army, said that the administration imposed on the detainee tight procedures and rules, banning them from visitations and confining them into solitary imprisonment.
Meanwhile, Sana’ Shihada, who was denied from having visitations for a period of one month, said that the females detainees from the city of Nablus, could not see their parents after army imposed visitations, in addition to a detainee from Qabatia, Aya Kameel, and Zohour Hamdan from the village of Beit Eba, near Nablus.
Shihada added that even the visitation room is uncomfortable and that the administration send 41 detainees for the visitation room at once, while the room only has two windows and wires in addition to a plastic barrier, which makes seeing the visitors or even hearing them an impossible issue.
Detainee Hanan Arqoub, who was arrested on a checkpoint, said that soldiers transferred her when she was arrested, to “Keryat Arab'” settlement in Hebron, while she was handcuffed and even her legs were tied.
Arqoub added that in the settlement she was treated in an inhuman was and insulted before she was transferred to Telmond Hasharon detention camp for women.