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September 23, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- A member of the punk rock group Pussy Riot went on a hunger strike Monday to protest what she said were unbearable conditions at a Russian prison camp. "I demand that human rights be observed in the [prison] colony; I demand that this camp ... abide by the law," Nadezhda Tolokonnikova wrote in an open letter distributed by her husband. "I demand that we be treated as humans and not as slaves. " In late 2012, Tolokonnikova, 24, and two other members of Pussy Riot , Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, were each sentenced to two years of imprisonment for inciting religious hatred.
September 5, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - Inmates leading California's largest prison protest ended a two-month hunger strike Thursday without winning major concessions on solitary confinement conditions - their main grievance - but with the promise of legislative hearings on the issue. The strike, which began with 30,000 inmates refusing meals and ended with about 100, drew international attention to California's use of prolonged prisoner isolation. It was orchestrated by a few inmates in isolation at Pelican Bay prison near the Oregon border.
January 24, 1990 | Reuters
Forty of 51 Spanish guerrilla detainees on a hunger strike of up to 55 days are now in a hospital, and seven are in serious condition, the Justice Ministry said Tuesday. The detainees are fasting to protest being scattered throughout the country's prisons.
February 27, 2005 | From Reuters
Detained Egyptian opposition leader Ayman Nour ended a hunger strike Saturday after President Hosni Mubarak announced proposals to allow multi-candidate presidential elections, his wife said. Nour called the amendment "an important step toward the party's and the Egyptian people's demand for extensive constitutional reform," said his wife, Gamila Ismail.
July 12, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - State corrections officials said Friday that 7,667 inmates remained on hunger strike for a fifth day as part of a protest at two-thirds of California's prisons - down from more than 12,000 Thursday - and medical observation of those who are refusing meals has begun. Following its own protocol, the court-appointed receiver for prison healthcare is sending nurses to facilities where the strike participants are housed to watch for signs of distress. "Some are refusing treatment," said Liz Gransee, spokeswoman for the federal receiver, J. Clark Kelso.
January 6, 1998
Gardeners on Monday continued their hunger strike outside City Hall to protest the city's ban on gas-powered leaf blowers. Top, Abel Rosales of Reseda fills a cup with steaming water early in the morning. Above, the day's first rays of sun have yet to reach the gardeners' station at the bottom steps of City Hall. Left, Roberto Cabrera peers out from a sleeping bag in a tent on the South Lawn.
April 23, 2003 | Christopher Reynolds
Five Armenian American hunger-strikers, who began a sidewalk fast a week ago in a bid to pressure the Museum of Tolerance to pay more attention to the Armenian genocide in its exhibits, suspended their protest Monday night, saying they would wait to see how the Los Angeles museum follows through on previously announced plans for a new display on 20th century genocides.
April 9, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Terrorism suspects at a maximum-security prison at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have resumed a mass hunger strike to protest the conditions of their confinement, detainees' lawyers said Sunday. The on-again, off-again action involving at least 20 prisoners over the last few months started after more than 170 of the 385 men currently detained at Guantanamo were moved to the newest and harshest facility, Camp 6.
July 17, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - California prison officials have moved 14 inmate leaders of a hunger strike over solitary confinement conditions to more isolated quarters, cutting off their access to broadcast news and seizing some of their legal papers, according to one of their lawyers. Another inmates' lawyer was banned from all state prisons. Wednesday was the 10th day of the statewide protest, with 2,327 inmates refusing their meals and 229 skipping their prison jobs and classes. Inmates who have gone a week or more without food typically feel dizzy or weak, and since Friday, corrections officials have sent at least two by ambulance to a hospital for medical checks, said Joyce Hayhoe, a spokeswoman for the court-appointed overseer of prison healthcare in California.
July 19, 2013 | By Paige St. John
California prison officials in federal legal filings alleged that the ongoing inmate hunger strike was orchestrated by prison gangs. Attached to legal filings in U.S. District Court on Thursday, the state included declarations signed by former members of the prison gangs known as Nuestra Familia and the Aryan Brotherhood. The two inmates, both convicted murderers, have agreed to provide information against the gangs in return for being moved out of isolation at Pelican Bay State Prison near the Oregon border.
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