Action for Juanra necessary
Direct action is needed to get Juanra transferred to a better prison unit.
Juanra was transferred on Friday, Feburary 21, 2003 from Unit 2 to Unit
1. The opportunities available to prisoners in the different units in
the Vught prison differ considerably. With his transfer, Juanra's situation
has worsened significantly. According to the warden of Penitentiary Institution
Nieuw Vosseveld (as the Vught prison is officially called), B. Molenkamp,
Juanra was transferred because Unit 2 is being re-purposed. (Detention
Center for young adults) Juanra is being more heavily punished thanks
to an internal re-organisation. We find that unacceptable.
Juanra's attorney, Victor Koppe, has filed a petition for transfer to
a lighter regime, near Amsterdam or, if necessary, in another unit in
Vught. An answer to this request has still not come back as of now, 3
weeks later. What's more, a decision to deny the petition cannot be appealed.
Juanra, who has been locked up since October 26, 2002, has been hit hard
by his transfer. Juanra knows this unit from the time that he was locked
up there during the first five months of his detention [from mid-January
until the end of June 2002]. In Unit 1, a regime is in effect of total
surveillance and an almost complete restriction on the rights of the detainee.
The regime for Juanra in Unit 1:
- 23 hours a day in his cell.
- no more than four hours a week of 'recreation'.
- one hour of exercise per week.
- fresh air in a covered cage measuring eighteen by three meters.
- quite a bit less telephone conversations.
- no real window in his cell, but just a 'window' of frosted glass
that cannot be opened.
Warden Molenkamp claims to have no influence on the transfer of Juanra
to another prison. He can, however, certainly arrange for Juanra to get
a better place within Vught.
Write, email or fax the prison and demand better conditions for Juanra!
Please send us a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org
P.I Nieuw Vosseveld
Fax: +31-73-6582529 (fax during office hours)
Write to Juanra:
Juan Ramon Rodriguez Fernandez
P.I Nieuw Vosseveld
More information can be found at: http://www.freejuanra.org
With greetings from the Free Juanra Support Organisation
Free Juanra Support Organisation
bank transfer: Postbank account number 6800419 to the order of SPG, Amsterdam,
with the memo 'free