The Commission of Detainees' Affairs cited the testimony of two minors within (34) minors that have been transferred from Ofer prison to Damoun prison, in preparation for implementing the policy of secluding minor detainees from the administrative committees.
The lawyer of the commission cited the testimony of the minors Ahmad Anati, 15 years old, from Fawwar Camp/Hebron, and Fadi Ashraf Kesbeh, 17 years old, from Qalandia camp/Jerusalem, during a visist to Damoun prison.
She stated that the administration of Ofer prison started to transfer (34) minors in January 13, 2020 and allowed them to take their clothes, covers and a pillow in addition to stuff from the cantina. They did not allow minors to take their necessary stuff from the cells such as electric supplies, preventing them from being accompanied by their representatives.
The two minors confirmed that they arrived at section (1) at Damoun prison, which is deserted many years ago, full of insects, inappropriate for living and there is neither sunshine nor ventilation. It is consisted of five narrow cells, including three without windows and two with very small windows and low ceiling. The walls are moist and toilets are located outside the cells. Minor detainees are not allowed to go out to the prison's yard except in case of beating. Besides, the section has a stinky smell, with torn mattress and bad quantity and quality of food is served, which minors refuse to eat the most of the time.
The two detainees pointed out that the minors began protesting by knocking on the doors and screaming, in protest against the prevention of the representatives from accompanying them.
The also stated that the administration of the prison summoned Special Forces to suppress minors since the first day of transfer. Forces tend to break into the cells, cut off the power and water and attack them. Each time, they choose two or three detainees, take them out of the section and beat them severely. The most cruel break in was in the fourth day of transfer, where (4) special units broke into minors' section, attacked them, handcuffed them for four hours, prevented them from using the toilet and beat them if they moved.
They also stated that minors declared entering a hunger strike in the second day of transfer, but the Special Forces tend to break in the section every one hour, beat the detainees, drag them while being asleep, use tear gas and confiscate their clothes and mattresses. Minors were forced to sleep on thin mattresses provided by the administration of the prison, where four detainees have been moved to solitary confinement at Jalamah detention center; Khalil Jabareen, Mahmoud Ewais, Reyad Al-'emor and Yehya Sbeiah.
They also affirmed that the administration of the prison tried to negotiate each minor separately, to force them accept the existing conditions in exchange of providing facilities and privileges. However, they all refused and insisted on having their representatives of adult detainees.
Moreover, they pointed out that the administration of the prison allowed three adult detainees to enter minors' section on January 16, 2020, who asked the administration to untie the handcuffs and return the confiscated clothes and covers.
However, the administration of the prison made a promise to end the crisis and put actors on minor detainees, but it did not keep the promise and returned the adults to their prisons. It also announced the prevention of administrative committees to enter the minors' sections in all prisons, and tried to gather all minors in one prison.
The Commission of Detainees' Affairs pointed out that the administration of the prison has informed detainees of its decision to impose punishments against them such as depriving them of family visits and imposing fines.
The Commission of Detainees' Affairs called on the international organizations concerned with children's rights, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Amnesty International to intervene urgently to pursue the complaints of minors who live in bad conditions.