Administration of Tiraspol remand center bans access for protesting detainees’ relatives and OSCE

The authorities in Transnistria say they received no related complaints and that the situation is under control.

The situation of the persons held at the remand center of the Tiraspol police station, who went on hunger strike last weekend, remained unchanged. Representatives of the OSCE Mission paid a visit to the center on October 19, but were banned access, Ion Manole, the head of the human rights association Promo-LEX has said.

“The relatives of those persons also do not have access to the remand center. After the press reported about the given case, the center’s administration stepped up control,” Ion Manole said. “I think that the OSCE will be ultimately allowed to enter the center, but only after the evidence is disposed of.”

The Transnistrian ministry of justice denied the reports that the persons held at the remand center went on hunger strike. The authorities in Transnistria say they received no related complaints and that the situation is under control.

Last weekend, Promo-LEX said about 90 persons held at the remand center went on hunger strike. According to relatives, the given persons are dissatisfied with the fact that they are held in inhuman conditions, are tortured, are not allowed to see the doctor and do not receive the food packages sent to them. They said those persons are detained groundlessly for a period of two to six months, suspected of committed crimes that they did not commit.

Ion Manole considers that the authorities in Tiraspol ban access to the remand center for the relatives and human rights organizations because the detention conditions there are deplorable and because they do not have evidence to keep those persons there.

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