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Iraqi man in detention punished for protesting for his rights

The Daily Beast reported this month that an Iraqi asylum seeker has gone on hunger strike twice to protest his treatment at Laredo Processing Center in Laredo, Texas. Safaa’s wife, Zinah Al Shakarchi, told the Daily Beast that “he is broken” after officials retaliated against him for hunger striking. Guards put him in solitary confinement with freezing cell temperatures, threatened to cut off his phone calls with his wife, and threatened to force feed him, eventually breaking his strike.


Laredo Processing Center, run by private prison company CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America, or CCA), was upheld in December 2017 in a report issued by the Office of the Inspector General stating that detainees were “generally positive about staff treating them with respect.” ICE would not answer any questions regarding the guards’ punishment of Saafa for going on hunger strike.

Detainees have gone on hunger strike in other facilities to protest inhumane detention conditions in Texas in Brooks County Detention Facility, in Karnes Family Detention Center in 2015, and in Hutto Detention Center in 2015.

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