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Irina Marica
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Irina holds a BA in Journalism. Her hobbies include reading, dancing, photography and she is passionate about music (especially Icelandic music), writing and Japanese literature. In the past, she has worked as an editor for an indoor-circuit TV station and also collaborated with several newspapers. You can send her press releases or feedback on her articles by e-mailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com

Inmates from several Romanian prisons riot over bad conditions of detention

Riots recently broke out at several prisons in Romania because inmates are unhappy with detention conditions.

Several inmates from the maximum-security prison in Iasi, north-eastern Romania, started protesting on Monday evening, July 11. The riot continued on Tuesday, when it also started taking a more violent turn as inmates torched one of the cells.

“On Tuesday, July 12, 2016, around 09:00, part of prisoners who were in the yard resumed the protests started the night before, expressing verbal complaints related to prison conditions and management. Later on, a detention room was set on fire, and the staff immediately intervened to evacuate the prisoners accommodated in that room,” reads a statement from the Iasi penitentiary, cited by local Hotnews.ro.

Riots also took place at the prison in Arad on Monday evening, and on Tuesday at the Poarta Alba prison in Constanta and the penitentiary in Botosani.

In Botosani, the riot started on Tuesday afternoon when several inmates refused to eat and threw food away. Then, they refused to enter their cells and stayed on the hallways chanting. Some of them also went to the windows where they started pulling the bars, and also set some clothes on fire. The protest in Botosani was resumed on Wednesday morning, reports local Hotnews.ro.

The inmates from the Poarta Alba prison in Constanta also started protesting on Tuesday evening, and some 200 of them allegedly went on hunger strike.

A four-member delegation of the UN Subcommittee for Prevention of Torture (SPT) was in Romania in May, when it visited various places of deprivation of liberty including prisons, pre-trial detention, and police centers. After the visit, the UN experts said that Romania has made progress in improving conditions of detention, but the country still needs to reduce overcrowding in prisons and other places where people are deprived of their liberty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16kyxXO1Zkw

Irina Popescu, irina.popescu@romania-insider.com

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Profile picture for user irina.popescu0
Irina Marica
Senior News & Features Writer

Irina holds a BA in Journalism. Her hobbies include reading, dancing, photography and she is passionate about music (especially Icelandic music), writing and Japanese literature. In the past, she has worked as an editor for an indoor-circuit TV station and also collaborated with several newspapers. You can send her press releases or feedback on her articles by e-mailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com

Inmates from several Romanian prisons riot over bad conditions of detention

Riots recently broke out at several prisons in Romania because inmates are unhappy with detention conditions.

Several inmates from the maximum-security prison in Iasi, north-eastern Romania, started protesting on Monday evening, July 11. The riot continued on Tuesday, when it also started taking a more violent turn as inmates torched one of the cells.

“On Tuesday, July 12, 2016, around 09:00, part of prisoners who were in the yard resumed the protests started the night before, expressing verbal complaints related to prison conditions and management. Later on, a detention room was set on fire, and the staff immediately intervened to evacuate the prisoners accommodated in that room,” reads a statement from the Iasi penitentiary, cited by local Hotnews.ro.

Riots also took place at the prison in Arad on Monday evening, and on Tuesday at the Poarta Alba prison in Constanta and the penitentiary in Botosani.

In Botosani, the riot started on Tuesday afternoon when several inmates refused to eat and threw food away. Then, they refused to enter their cells and stayed on the hallways chanting. Some of them also went to the windows where they started pulling the bars, and also set some clothes on fire. The protest in Botosani was resumed on Wednesday morning, reports local Hotnews.ro.

The inmates from the Poarta Alba prison in Constanta also started protesting on Tuesday evening, and some 200 of them allegedly went on hunger strike.

A four-member delegation of the UN Subcommittee for Prevention of Torture (SPT) was in Romania in May, when it visited various places of deprivation of liberty including prisons, pre-trial detention, and police centers. After the visit, the UN experts said that Romania has made progress in improving conditions of detention, but the country still needs to reduce overcrowding in prisons and other places where people are deprived of their liberty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16kyxXO1Zkw

Irina Popescu, irina.popescu@romania-insider.com

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