February 4 – Skopje: Fifty Idrizovo prisoners to go on hunger strike due to poor living conditions

Feb 4, 2024. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

In mold and dampness, cold walls and no hot water, female inmates at the Idrizovo Penitentiary claim that they have been living in inhumane conditions for two weeks, the media of Skopje write

 Although they ask the Administration to listen to their calls, they have not received any response. 

About fifty women signed the petition and set an ultimatum, if the warden does not fix the situation in two days, they will go on hunger strike. In a statement for TV Sitel, they accuse that genocide is being committed in the prison.

“The conditions are disastrous, there is dampness, mice, rats in every room, and hygiene is on a minimal basis. Genocide is being committed. The petition is important to us, for someone from the service to meet with us. So far, no one has called, we don’t even know if the petition has reached where it should reach,” says one of the prisoners.

The signed petition still reached the prison administration. Prison warden Zoran Jovanovski says in a statement for Sitel that their requests are being processed. But although he confirms that the conditions are disastrous, the female prisoners were not left in such conditions for very long.