Fears for health of 30 jailed Oman hunger strikers

February 21, 2013 - 6:31:03 am
MUSCAT: A member of Oman’s consultative council voiced concern yesterday for the health of 30 jailed activists who have been on hunger strike for the past 12 days, as activists said some of them were in hospital. “We are concerned, as are their families, about the deterioration of the health conditions of the detainees after 12 days on hunger strike,” said Malek Al Abri, a member of Oman’s elected Majlis Al Shura (consultative council).

The council “is in contact, at all levels” with the government to allow a delegation to visit Samayl central prison, 60km south of Muscat, to “inquire about the situation of the hunger strikers”, Abri said. 

The hunger strike was first launched by 17 cyber activists. They were later joined by 13 other prisoners protesting their conditions of detentions, according to activists. Their appeals will be considered by the Supreme Court on February 25 and a final decision will be made on March 4. AFP

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