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Israel: Authorization to Give Forced Medical Treatment to Prisoners on Hunger Strike

(Oct. 6, 2015) On July 29, 2015, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed an amendment to the Prisons Ordinance, authorizing, under prescribed circumstances, the provision of medical care to a prisoner on a hunger strike, when that action would be against his/her will, to prevent harm to the prisoner’s health. (Prisons Ordinance (New Version), 5732-1971 [PO], […]

Netherlands; Norway: Dutch Prisoners Sue Unsuccessfully to Prevent Transfer of Norwegian Convicts to Luxury Cells

(Mar. 30, 2015) A Dutch court ruled on March 6, 2015, that long-term prisoners, serving ten years to life imprisonment, who currently live in “luxury cells” in Norgerhaven Prison must give up them up to make way for Norwegian convicts who are to be transferred to the facility based on an agreement reached between The […]

Russia: Registered Clergy May Be Allowed to Meet with Prisoners

(Jan. 6, 2015) On December 9, 2014, the State Duma of the Russian Federation (lower chamber of the legislature) approved on the first reading legislation that amends the country’s Correctional Code to allow prisoners to communicate with members of the clergy. (Bill No. 614607-6, Duma legislative database (Dec. 9, 2014).) If passed, the law will […]