Hunger strike ends

A HUNGER strike by hardened inmates at the Naboro Maximum Security Corrections Centre ended yesterday.

Fifty eight inmates went on hunger strike last Thursday in protest against certain human rights issues.

Responding to queries from The Fiji Times, the Fiji Corrections Service yesterday confirmed that there was a hunger strike by inmates in Naboro.

“As of today (yesterday), all inmates at the Maximum Security Corrections Centre in Naboro who were on hunger strike have resumed eating,” the department said in a statement.

“Initially, 58 inmates went on a hunger strike since last Thursday.

“Throughout this period, the inmates were being visited by the corrections psychologist and chaplain who continued to counsel them and encouraged them to eat.”

The FCS said it continued to strive to maintain a safe and secure prison environment for those under its care.

It said among the grievances of the inmates were the non-contact visits with their families and friends.

“It must be understood that inmates enjoy privileges earned by abiding rules and regulations while under our care. These privileges are taken away when breached,” the department stated.

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