The Human Rights Commission of Maldives has assured an investigation into a hunger strike by inmates at the high-security prison on the island of Maafushi in Malé atoll.
Shifaq Mufeed, the HRCM’s vice president, told the press on Monday that the watchdog was told by the commissioner of prisons that the hunger strike was prompted by “tightened security measures”.
However, despite confirmation from the human rights watchdog, the spokesman of the Maldives Correctional Services denied reports of the hunger strike.
“Such an incident did not take place and we have no information about it,” MCS Information Officer Ahmed Luqman told the Maldives Independent on Tuesday.
But Mufeed told reporters that inmates refused to eat one meal of the day after the prisons authority took steps to stop the illegal use of mobile phones.
“The electric wires in the jail cells were covered with metal pipes and the prisoners could no longer charge their mobile phones,” he said at a press conference held to release the commission’s 2016 annual report.
“So the strike was staged due to that discontentment.”
An investigative team from the watchdog will look into the incident during their next visit to the Maafushi prison, he added.
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Source URL: Maldives Independent