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Three Guantanamo detainees in Slovakia reported to be on a hunger-strike
25 Jun 2010 Flash News
Three former detainees from Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) who were transferred to Slovakia on January 25 are on a hunger strike, the TASR newswire was told on June 24 by Branislav Tichý, the director of Amnesty International Slovensko (AIS). He said the three are protesting bad conditions and the treatment they are receiving from Slovak authorities in a detention facility in Medveďov in Trnava Region.
There is no reason for three former detainees to be on a hunger strike, according to Bernard Priecel, the chief officer at the Interior Ministry's Migration Bureau. “Their long-term advocates came here to visit them ... saying that Slovakia provides high-standard care to them in the initial phase of their re-integration process,” said Priecel, adding that AIS will be allowed to get in touch with the attorneys.
Priecel said that all three detainees enjoy high standards in terms of both security and the re-integration process itself and are receiving personal treatment eight hours a day, including psychological care and lessons in the Slovak language. Priecel stated that they do socialise, use cell phones and have an internet connection available.
Slovak authorities are currently deciding on what legal status the three detainees will be granted. The decision is due to be released in forthcoming days, Priecel told TASR.
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