Lithuanian prisoners continue hunger strikes


Lithuanian prison inmates have been on a hunger strike for the past week in protest at changes to the penal code

The liberal daily Lietuvos rytas finds the protest unjustified:

The inmates are complaining about time limits on visits (which they say mean they can’t see their children), the smoking ban in their cells, the list of banned products, limitations on the number of articles of clothing and shoes and the reduction in the amount of money they can spend in prison stores. … It seems all of this is not at all to the liking of the prisoners, who believe they belong to the highest caste and want to impose their will on the other inmates.

… One can question whether the new prison regulations will bring conditions up to European standards. However such regulations have long been implemented in the more progressive EU states.



Lithuanian prisoners continue hunger strikes

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