Tamil political prisoners stage hunger strike in Vavuniyaa prison

[TamilNet, Saturday, 16 July 2011, 19:52 GMT]
Forty Tamil political prisoners detained in the Vavuniyaa prison Saturday started a fast unto death demanding immediate release from prison. The number of prisoners on hunger strike has risen to 44 including the 4 who began their fast a week ago. The prisoners have been demanding that the government should take immediate measures to expedite their cases against them now pending in law courts for several years without inquiry. The condition of the four prisoners who started their fast a week ago is reported to be in critical state, civil sources in Vavuniyaa said.

The Tamil prisoners are also demanding the government that the authorities should stop re-arresting released prisoners on earlier occasions due to insufficient evidence against them.


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