Fw: [SUSTAINbayarea] Fwd: PARC: INS detainees on Hunger Strike
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Subject: [SUSTAINbayarea] Fwd: PARC: INS detainees on Hunger Strike
From: "Boone T. Nguyen" <boone@...
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Subject: PARC: INS detainees on Hunger Strike
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 14:03:28 -0600 (CST)
Send letters or fax to:
INS District Director
INS Newark District Office
970 Broad St. Rm. 136
Newark, NJ 07102
INS Detainees on Hunger Strike in Passaic County Jail
As of 3pm Tuesday January 14, 2003, seven men detained by the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) are on a hunger
strike to protest their detention by the INS and their treatment in the Passaic County Jail. They say that they will continue
their strike until the INS meets with them to discuss their complaints.
The hunger strikers are demanding the release of 9/11 detainees, most of whom are not charged with crimes but are being held
in prison while the INS attempts to deport them or resolve their status. They are demanding improvements in food, medical care,
air quality and family visits, a resumption of the Friday Islamic services the prison provided until a month ago, and separate
living quarters for Muslim detainees.
Conditions at Passaic County Jail continue to worsen. The detainees say that the prison’s food is insufficient, unpalatable and
does not provide
adequate protein and vitamins, leading to health problems, while the medical services are limited and slow; dental services do
not go beyond the
removal of teeth. The aging ventilation system also contributes to their health problems.
9/11 (“Special Interest”) Muslim detainees demand separate living quarters. At present, they are experiencing xenophobia, abuse
and threats from
the general prison population, which are largely ignored by prison guards.
The detainees want to be able to have physical contact visits with their families; currently they must talk to their wives and
children through a glass wall. As a result, many young fathers have been unable to hold their newborn babies.
The Campaign to Stop the Disappearances, Islamic Circle of North America – Relief, and the Committee for the Release of Farouk
Abdel-Muhti express our solidarity with the detainees on hunger strike. We demand that Andrea J. Quarantillo - the INS District
Director of New Jersey (Ph: 973-645-4421),
Jerry Speziale, the Sheriff of Passaic County (973-881-4619) and Warden Charles Meyers - Passaic County Jail (Ph:
973-881-4591) be held accountable for the violation of detainees’ rights and we urge all three to meet with the detainees and
community organizations to discuss their needs immediately.
For more information, contact DRUM (718) 205 3036
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Boone T. Nguyen
Prison Activist Resource Center www.prisonactivist.org
phone: 510-893-4648, ext. 109