19 February 2001

Deteriorating conditions at Megiddo Prison

LAW’s lawyer Labib Habib has filed a complaint on behalf of LAW Society with the Israeli army officer in charge of Palestinian detainees. The complaint was pursuant to the lawyer’s visit to Megiddo prison and the complaints LAW received from detainees about the deterioration of living conditions inside the prison. In his complaint, LAW’s lawyer described and demanded an explanation for the extremely bad conditions in the prison, including insufficient and poor quality food, inadequate healthcare, frequent electricity and water cuts, and, since the beginning of the current Intifada, prisoners being deprived of receiving visits from their families.
The prisoners’ representatives have complained many times about the conditions inside the prison, especially since the spread of a contagious skin disease that infected 20 detainees.
LAW’s lawyer also demanded immediate intervention to improve the situation inside the prison and reiterated the texts of the international human rights conventions in this regard.
Megiddo military prison, inside the borders of Israel, holds 800 Palestinian prisoners including 500 detainees and 15 administrative detainees.

LAW – The Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to preserving human rights through legal advocacy.
LAW is affiliate to the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Fédération Internationale des Ligues de Droits de l’Homme (FIDH), World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and Member of the Euro- Mediterranean Human Rights Network