Health of an activist O.Eyubzade kept in the Binagadi prison deteriorates badly
Five young activists arrested for participation in the protest on Fountain Square on December 29, stopped a hunger strike they started three days ago protesting against torture, inhuman treatment, and poor conditions in jail.
The action was discontinued after persistent requests of the parents of activists. The health of Orhan Eyubzade, the arrested youth activist of "Musavat" party, deteriorated badly, and as ambulance was called to the Binagady prison several times last day, Turan was told by Tural Abbasli, a member of the "Musavat" party.
"Even on the day of detention Orhan was repeatedly beaten in the Sabail district police. It continued in prison , where Orhan was handcuffed to a radiator and for a cold night he was kept in such condition. On December 31 his mother visited him in prison, and she saw signs of violence on his hands and feet. Furthermore, Orhan Eyubzade could hardly move; according to information we have, he had problems with the kidneys. Despite there is a clinic, they call an ambulance when Orhan gets really bad," said Abbasli.
He also noted that after the change of the leadership in Binagady prison for administratively detained , the conditions there have deteriorated sharply. The arrested after not allowed to sit on their beds after sleep, they are forced to sit for 15-16 hours on the wooden benches. Quality of food for prisoners is very poor. In addition, there is not water or heating in the cells where the arrested were placed.
Besides, contrary to the rules of the prison system, which require placing the accused or convicted of identical or similar items in the same cell, the six arrested were placed in the cells together with drug addicts, drunks, and bullies.
Under the present situation of absence of control in jails due to holidays, the prison administration is treating the detainees very badly, said Abbasli .
He turned to the Ombudswoman, as well as human rights activists calling on to take measures to put an end to arbitrary treatment of young activists arrested for peaceful protest.
The protest on December 29 was due to the bureaucratic arbitrariness which led a disabled Karabakh war veteran, Zaur Hasanov, to self-immolation. —06B--