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絕食第 99 日 — 絕食者體重身體紀錄

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CIC Detainees Right Concern Group 製圖

CIC Detainees Right Concern Group 製圖

【文:CIC Detainees Right Concern Group】

99th Day of Hunger Strike: Body Weight Measurement of Hunger Strikers since Day 1
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5/10/2020

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多名青山灣入境事務中心(CIC)被羈留人士由 6 月 29 日開始進行絕食抗議,抗議入境處對他們的無理關押。高峰期達 28 人,至今已第 99 日,目前仍有 7 人堅持進行絕食抗議,他們全都掉了 18 公斤以上的體重,身體十分虛弱。此帖中的圖片為絕食者分別多月以來交給義工體重和血糖紀錄表,記錄了他們自第一天絕食起的身體變化。

「無法知道限期的羈留快令我崩潰了」

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不少被羈留人士都曾向關注組表達絕望和無力,因為身處 CIC 中的他們無法知道羈留的時長,也無法知道獲釋的條件或準則,而他們的申訴、吶喊也往往石沉大海。是在這樣的情況下,一些被羈留人士發起絕食。絕食者 S 說:「我們絕食並不是為了挑戰入境事務處,而是為了被聽見。」

身體與意志

尤記得一名絕食者在絕食約十天時,向我們表示有信心在數星期向獲釋。很可惜,他的心願落空,而他依然在為他的自由抗爭,其絕食即將邁進第 100 天。這 99 天中,絕食者們一直和極端的饑餓、身體消瘦以及隨之而來的痛症搏鬥。他們的體重都掉了近 20 公斤,有人體重甚至跌逾 26 公斤。而一直有探訪絕食者的義工也是親眼見證著絕食者的臉頰凹陷、身體變差,十分痛心。隨著絕食時間變長,多位絕食者身體多處都出現痛症,更出現失眠、掉髪、記憶力變差等情況。

等待、煎熬、打壓

除了要和身體搏鬥,他們還是面對磨人的等待和入境處的打壓。自絕食第五週起,絕食者便被安置到與其他被羈留人士不同樓層的醫療室,與世隔絕。在醫療室中,醫生鮮少理會他們,他們也與其他被羈留人士一樣得不到除「必利痛」以外的藥。醫療室的設施也比普通囚室差,「這裡我們不能吸煙,走動時間大大變少,燈光 24 小時開著令人睡不到,沒有床褥,也不能得到更多被子。」絕食者 S 說:「職員說我們要停止絕食,才會給我們床褥和被子。」

同時,在 8 月 19 日,一名絕食者更表達,他身體虛弱而被緊急送院後,從醫院回到 CIC 時被職員毆打。期後,他曾報警並到醫院檢查,但事情不了了知。縱然面對各種打壓,一眾絕食者的意志還是堅定的,目光依然一致。「我們唯一的訴求和希望是,還香港法律以法律的尊嚴,請入境事務處結束對我們的無限期羈留(給予我們保釋),讓我們可以在法庭上獲得公平為自己辯護的機會……我們願意付出生命的代價,只為了讓那些理應負責的人可以踐行公義,也許我們的生命可以改變他們的行為,讓他們更有人性。」他們在公開信中這樣寫道。

CIC 關注組重申,不論身份國籍種族,得到適切醫療及人身自由是基本人權,關注組繼續密切留意事態發展,將持續 CIC 被羈留人士,向公眾公佈他們不公平的被羈留狀況。我們呼籲公眾一同關注 CIC 黑獄狀況, 要求入境處停止無了期關押被羈留人士,停止CIC種種非人對待。


99th Day of Hunger Strike: Body Weight Measurement of Hunger Strikers since Day 1

Since 29 June 2020, some CIC detainees have been hunger striking in protest of the unreasonable and indefinite detention they faced. During the peak, 28 detainees had joined the hunger strike. It is not the 99th day of the strike and 7 detainees are still hunger striking.

“Not knowing when we can regain freedom is making us mad.”

From our visits to detainees, we often see frustration and hopelessness in CIC detainees since they are hardly given information regarding their detention period, the criteria for their bail out and their demands and plea for release never gets anywhere. It is under such circumstances that some detainees initiated a hunger strike. Striker S said: “We are not trying to challenge the authority. We just wanted our voices to be heard and hunger striking is unfortunately the only way of protest.”

Body vs mind

We still recalled that a striker said that he felt confident that he will be released in a few weeks 10 days into the hunger strike. Unfortunately, his prediction had not come true, instead he is going into the 100th day of hunger striking. In the past 99 days, hunger strikers have been battling extreme hunger, severe loss of body weight and suffering the body and bone pains that come with the strike. The documents attached in this post are individual strikers’ own record of their change in body weight and blood sugar level, given to the concern group’s volunteer respectively on 22 August and 26 September. Other than these data, our concern group’s volunteers have also witnessed the change in the appearance of the hunger strikers, how their cheeks hollowed and their eyes become bigger on their faces, making us really worried about their health. Many of them said that they are experiencing great body pain, as well as other physical conditions including loss of sleep, hair loss and loss of memory etc. 

Never-ending Wait, Suffering, Oppression

Other than the battle with their own bodies, hunger strikers also face a lot of psychological pressure from the never-ending wait and oppression from the Immigration. Since the 5th week of their strike, strikers have been placed into the hospital room of the 4th floor, separated from other detainees on other floors. However, inside the hospital room, the doctor hardly cares for them and they, like every other detainee in CIC, cannot get medication other than panadol. The facilities inside the hospital room are also much more uncomfortable than those of normal cells, seemed more like a “torture room” than a “hospital room”. A striker recalled: “We cannot smoke here. We cannot walk as much here. The lights are on 24/7 so we cannot have a good sleep. We don’t have a mattress and cannot ask for extra blankets.” He further said: “The superintendent told us that we can only get mattress and blankets if we stop our hunger strike.” Meanwhile, one of the hunger strikers, after being sent to hospital for being too weak, reported that he was beaten by officers upon his return from the hospital on 19th August.

Despite the various oppression they face, they, however, remained focused on their goals, their minds unmoved. “Our only demand and request is that if the authorities and the director of Immigration give any value to the rule of law in Hong Kong then just release us on bail to let us defend our cases in the court to have a fair trial. Until they decide to release us on bail from this arbitrary detention, We will continue our hunger strike. [...] Perhaps with our life, we may make them change their behavior more humane towards people like us.” wrote the hunger strikers in their open letter. 

We reinforce that it is a basic human right for anyone, regardless of their identity, nationality and race to have medical treatment and the right to liberty. The concern group would continue to closely monitor the situation, visit the detainees and release the unfair conditions at the CIC to the public. We appeal to the members of the public to keep an eye on the condition at the CIC, demand the Imm’D to end its indefinite detention of detainees, stop its inhumane treatment at the CIC.

延伸閱讀 Extended Readings (Only Chinese Version Available):
青山灣絕食羈留者:Think about us like human
刑滿出獄卻不能重獲自由:青山灣女羈留者絕食抗議「二次囚禁」

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