This communiqué is to inform that all the political prisoners of the FARC-EP who are in the high and medium security prison of San Isidro, Popayán, have begun a hunger strike for an indefinite period of time until solutions are provided for the following requests:
1. We demand the improvement of health service in this prison, since it is currently very precarious, it does not have medicines or qualified specialists; added to this is the negligence of the prison guards (INPEC) when inmates are to be attended and taken to health area, as is the case of Marino Fernandez Puyo when on February 9 at 3:45 pm he was stabbed with a rod by another intern with psychiatric problems; Marino spent a whole week demanding medical attention; the systematic medical malpractice on part of the penitentiary establishment to control the infection produced by the attack lead to his death on February 17 as if it were a sentence against him.
This is a continuous and sad reality that lives among us; these types of cases have repeated themselves in the past, which is why we demand the improvement of the health system on part of the government in order to guarantee decent living conditions for human beings.
2. We request from the National Government its compliance with what has been agreed in the Peace Agreement and to speed up the completion of the camps in the Transitional Local Zones for Normalization, since to this point not even 20% of the works have been completed. Please don’t delay any longer the release of political prisoners and make the Amnesty Law a reality, let’s not play the game of the enemies of peace.
On behalf of the FARC-EP we have shown the greatest efforts to carry out the Agreement.
The comrades who participate in the hunger strike are 97 political prisoners of war.
(reblogged from farc.epeace.org)