The brutal assault on Jordanian prisoner, Ammar Mardi Al-Hweitat, by prison guards last month has sparked outrage and concern. The attack, which involved more than 15 guards, took place after Al-Hweitat was transferred from 'Ofer' prison to solitary confinement in 'Salmon'. The severity of the assault led to Al-Hweitat fainting and sustaining multiple fractures, including broken ribs and a hand injury leading to inflammation.
Delays in Medical Assistance
Despite his deteriorating health condition, Al-Hweitat was only transferred to the hospital 12 days following the assault. This delay is seen as a part of a larger practice by the prison administration to postpone necessary medical treatment for injured prisoners. This is a stark violation of the fundamental and unconditional rights that prisoners are entitled to.
Systematic Suppression of Information
Nadia Daqqa, Al-Hweitat's lawyer, has revealed the general secrecy surrounding the fates of prisoners in occupation jails and the systematic suppression of information about Al-Hweitat's condition. This comes amidst repressive actions against prisoners for over two months, including delays in allowing lawyers to visit and obtain medical reports.
The Larger Picture
Ammar Mardi Al-Hweitat is not alone in his plight. He is one of 20 Jordanian prisoners in occupation jails, detained since 2002 and serving a life sentence. These prisoners have faced ongoing assaults, beatings, and torture, especially following retaliatory measures by the occupation authorities after the events of October 7. Tragically, six prisoners have died in jails recently, with medical reports affirming the brutal assaults by the suppression forces as the cause of their deaths. The case of Al-Hweitat serves as a stark reminder of the human rights violations occurring in these prisons.