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Tunisia: Further information on health concern for hunger strike prisoners

, Index number: MDE 30/026/2000

Concern is mounting for the Tunisian prisoners on hunger strike, some of whom have not eaten for up to 64 days and are suffering severe health problems. Fathi Karraoud, Yacine Ben Zarti,Ahmed Amari, Zuhair Yacoub, and at least ten others have been on hunger strike repeatedly in recent months. Prison conditions are extremely poor and prisoners do not have access to medical care, thier families or legal representatives. Abdelatif Bouhajila is apparently confined to a wheel chair. He has reportedly been ill-treated while on hunger strike. Noureddine Amdouni and Abdallah Drissa, have been transferred to other prisons.

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