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					                        ABUSE OF MUSLIMS IN

                          FRANKLAND PRISON




                                      HELP THE
                                     PRISONERS



                               www.helptheprisoners.org




                                 Campaign Pack




This Document has been produced with the co-operation and assistance of Arani Solicitors
INTRODUCTION ..................................................................................................................................3
PART ONE : BACKGROUND .............................................................................................................4
    PRISON POPULATION AT HMP FRANKLAND .........................................................................................4
    RACIST NATURE OF HMP FRANKLAND ................................................................................................5
PART TWO : CASE STUDIES ............................................................................................................6
    CASE STUDY A : EESA (DHIREN) BAROT ..............................................................................................6
    CASE STUDY B : HUSSAIN OSMAN .......................................................................................................7
    CASE STUDY C : OMAR KHYAM ...........................................................................................................7
PART THREE : HOW TO HELP ........................................................................................................9
    APPENDIX A : LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR, FRANKLAND PRISON....................................10
    APPENDIX B : LETTER TO THE PRISON OMBUDSMAN ..........................................................11
    APPENDIX C : LETTER TO YOUR MP ..........................................................................................12
    APPENDIX D : LETTER TO THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE..........................................................13
    APPENDIX E : LETTER TO THE HM INSPECTOR OF PRISONS................................................14
    APPENDIX F : KEY CONTACTS....................................................................................................15
Introduction


Salaam Alaykum,

Firstly, jazakhallah khair to all for taking the time to read this important campaign pack relating
to the conditions of incarceration for Muslim prisoners within HMP Frankland.

Subsequent to the attacks on the USA in 2001, a climate of fear has been placed over the
Muslim community in the UK, and this has had a negative effect upon Muslims in this country,
through a combination of negative press reports, draconian infringement upon freedom of
speech, and legislation being passed in direct contravention of basic human rights laws.

Sadly, some members of the Muslim community have been prosecuted under these laws, in
some cases wrongly. It appears now there is a hidden crime, though not specified directly in
legislation yet widely viewed as a crime by the authorities, of being a practising Muslim.

Also distressing is that once brothers and sisters are detained or convicted, their treatment
worsens, mainly because the Muslim community is not supporting them because of the
continuing cycle of fear, intimidation and press bias. I say it is time to break that cycle, speak
out and offer our support as we are required to do under our obligations as a Muslim.

The governments attitude to rehabilitation of Muslim offenders is genuinely shocking, and is
only giving fuel to the radicals in our midst, and as such unless we as Muslims take action
through legitimate protest and support this can only polarise the Muslim community still
further. It is somewhat ironic that the British government is passing the majority of their
legislation on the basis that they are to "protect freedom", whilst curtailing the freedom of
citizens to practise their religion freely.

We do not have to agree with the crimes that the prisoners have been convicted, believe they
are innocent, or believe in their causes. This is an issue of human rights and brotherhood, not
one of allegiance and partisanship to their specific alleged or real motivations or actions.

Every Human being has the right to be treated fairly and without prejudice when incarcerated
within the prison system, and as such I thank you for taking the time to take part in this
campaign.

Jabir ibn Abdullah reported that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) said, "No man helps a
Muslim at a time when his honour is being belittled or his rights violated except that Allah will
help him at a place in which he loves to have His help." [Abu Dawud]

Walaykum Salaam,

Umar Abdullah, Help The Prisoners
helptheprisoners@yahoo.co.uk


Acknowledgements

Jazakhallah Khair to the Islamic Human Rights Commission for the inspiration behind the
campaign packs, as well as Arani Solicitors for providing support and help in devising this
document.

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PART ONE : BACKGROUND

Within the last two years the British Government has chosen to operate a ‘dispersal’ method
in order to isolate high-profile Muslim prisoners who have been convicted of anti-terrorism
offences from those of a similar background . The reasons for this are several, as speculated
upon by several sources, most notably from elements such as the prison officers association.

    A. To prevent influential prisoners from “recruiting” others

A spokesperson for the Prison Officers Association stated that “staff are becoming more alert
to the risks of radicalisation. We are never complacent and prison staff are encouraged to
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identify and report such activities”. They believe that through free-association, this presents
an additional risk to staff and other prisoners.

    B. To Prevent Escape

The Home office believes that these prisoners pose an ‘exceptional’ escape risk, and
therefore instead of containing prisoners within the same wing, prefer ‘dispersal’ so that they
can remain high-profile and in Isolation, making escape far more difficult.


There are of course a number of disputes with both the above. Firstly, no evidence
whatsoever has ever been presented that there is a ‘radicalisation’ occurring within prisoners
which then therefore presents a risk for staff. Most of those convicted of Terror-related
offences have never previously been to prison, and there is no record of any of these men
committing acts of violence within prison without provocation. Even when incidents of assault
have been reported, these have been in self-defence.

In actual fact, the majority of those detained have been model prisoners, abiding by the
increasingly obscure rules they are expected to follow, and continue to abide despite obvious
incidents of goading and provocation by both staff and prisoners.

There is also no record of escape, or escape attempts, by any Muslim prisoner detained
under anti-terrorism legislation.


Prison Population at HMP Frankland

HMP Frankland is a prison of the British Government, used to house a mixture of Category A
and primarily local prisoners. Its remit is normally to house those serving 4 years or more,
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over the age of 21 years. Its capacity is 734. This is one of the prisons identified for
dispersal of high-profile Muslim prisoners. Since early 2007, it has housed and continued to
house Omar Khyam, Hussain Osman, and Eesa (Dhiren) Barot.

There are currently 20 Muslim prisoners within the whole prison held there as at July 2007,
though it is understood that some non-political detainees have since been moved, thereby
further diminishing the number of Muslim prisoners held in Frankland.

This means that the percentage of Muslim prisons held at Frankland is 2.5%, whilst the
national average is 11%. Even if HMP Frankland were a model prison, this would still not be a
secure environment for Muslims as it exposes a particular prison minority, particularly one
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frequently subjected to unproductive and sensationalist media coverage , to unnecessary
danger.


1
  “Fears of Islamist recruiting in Jails”, Guardian July 14 2007
2
  HM Prison Service Website
3
  Please see Daily Express Editorial of 30 July 2007 as one example of many
Racist Nature of HMP Frankland

HMP Frankland has a reputation within the prison system of being an extremely racist prison
in which ethnic and religious minorities have been persecuted by both prisoners and staff,
openly and in complicity with each other. Most significantly, it has a long running history of
racism by staff. In 2001, a prison warder was sacked after wearing a Swastika and other Nazi
insignia on his tie. He was initially warned not to repeat the offence, however refused to do
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so.

Sadly, it seems as though nothing has changed since then, despite assurances that this was
the start of a clampdown on racism. Soon after this, there was the disturbing incident of the
suicide of Paul Day, in which it is alleged that after the prisoner refused to continue to be an
informant for the police and Wandsworth prison that he was moved maliciously to Frankland
by James Riley, then governor of Wandsworth.

Paul Day, a black prisoner, was moved to HMP Frankland, and immediate subjected to racist
abuse by staff and inmate. He had been told by Riley that he would be placed on the
vulnerable prisoners wing, but instead it was discovered the prison had no such wing. He
immediately requested segregation.

Once in segregation, he was abused by warders. It is alleged that one warder said to him If
you carry on shouting, you little n******, you will get hurt." Another served him food containing
excrement and dead insects.

He was suicidal by this point, and meant to be under constant guard. However, this was
ignored and wardens failed in their duties to do so. The coroner at the time of the inquest
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rejected evidence of prison wardens at Frankland as ‘unreliable’.

There are also very overt indications that Frankland continues to be a racist environment.
Allegedly, within the ‘Mississippi’ wing of the prison, there are Combat 18 and neo-Nazi
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slogans provocatively and prominently displayed. It is also claimed that it is not suitable for
visitors to attend the prison wearing Islamic dress due to ‘safety’ considerations.




4
  BBC News, 2 May 2001
5
  Guardian, 3 March 2005
6
  Al-Istiqamah.com, September 2007 issue
PART TWO : CASE STUDIES

We have already discussed on a general basis regarding the hostile racist and anti-Muslim
environment at HMP Frankland. It is now the intention of this document to describe the
situation of current detainees imprisoned under anti-terror legislation, which is becoming more
desperate as the days go on. There has been extreme violence, racism, unfair treatment and
in one case a Muslim has been partially blinded due to the neglect and provocation of the
prisoner by staff and inmates.



Case Study A : Eesa (Dhiren) Barot

Eesa Barot was transferred to HMP Frankland shortly after conviction on 7 December 2006.
Since arriving, he has been subjected to discriminatory treatment by staff. Examples include

    •    denial of any reading stimulus with the exception of a Qu’ran and one or two basic
         books on Islam

    •    Spurious punishments, e.g. “Suspicion of having Mobile Phone”, to which he was
         given solitary confinement for 1 week. These types of offence are only on the
         statement of Prison staff, which in a previous enquiry the integrity of Officers
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         testimony was called into doubt.

    •    Cell searches and strip-searches well in excess ( e.g. 7 times within 1 month ) of the
         accepted standard. As an example, Category A Prisoners would normally have a cell
         search once every 3 months, unless there was justifiable reason based on
         intelligence.

    •    Being placed on a wing in which he was the only Muslim out of 93.

    •    Frequently moved should he begin to “befriend” an inmate.

    •    Monitored every 15 minutes, and notes made of most actions that he performs during
         the day

Though this treatment is of grave concern and amounts to psychological torture on the part of
the prison service, what followed in July 2007 is worse.

Eesa was preparing a meal in the prison wing kitchen for himself. From behind, a prisoner
threw scalding hot water onto his head and back. Eesa then turned, confronting one of the
inmates, and was assaulted further. After Eesa attempted to cool the injuries, he was
attacked with burning hot oil, again from behind. In this entire incident, wardens were absent
despite Eesa being a AA category prisoner and them previously and since monitoring his
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every move. He suffered 10% burns (2 and 3 Degree) across his whole body.

Subsequent to this attack, prison nurses attended and recommended that Eesa be taken to
hospital immediately. This was ignored by prison officers, and for three days the prison
service failed to treat Eesa for his injuries. For the first day after the attack as well, Eesa was
not provided with any food. Only when his solicitors threatened judicial review did they relent.
His solicitors also were not told until the wife of a fellow inmate informed them. They were
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reported to the press by prison staff and the police as “scalds”. In fact, the press put more
emphasis on the ensuing ‘security operation’ than they did on the attack. This is despite the
fact that he was temporarily blinded for some time in one eye, left without hair due to the oil,

7
  Guardian, 3 March 2005
8
  Press Release, Arani Solicitors
9
  BBC News , 15th July 2007
and scarred for life on his head and back. The injuries were sufficient to require a “split skin
graft”. How this was described as mere “scalds” beggars belief.

After the attack, he was held in HMP Franklands' Healthcare unit, until being discharged on
 nd
2 November 2007, coinciding with the admission of an inmate who had suffered another hot
oil attack.

Upon discharge, he was informed he could be placed in the vulnerable persons unit or ‘E’
Wing. This was completely unsatisfactory based upon the fact that his attackers where likely
to be present in either of these. He was therefore moved to a segregation unit, normally used
as a punishment block, where he remains.
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Eesa has since written an open letter to the Muslim community asking for their assistance.

Case Study B : Hussain Osman

Hussain Osman was convicted in July 2007. Shortly after this, he was transferred to HMP
Frankland. After Eesa Barot was attacked, there were warnings on the prison ‘grapevine’ that
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others were ‘next’.

Hussain was not in his cell at the time that a marauding set of attackers arrived at his cell.
They instead set fire to it, burning everything that Hussain owned, including his clothes,
books, and all his other personal possessions. He was left with nothing but the clothes on his
back, and immediately requested to be put in segregation, where he remains.

The prison has denied that Hussain be moved to another prison, stating that Frankland is a
secure environment and he is free to leave segregation when he wishes.


Case Study C : Omar Khyam
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Omar Khyam was convicted in 2006. He was transferred to HMP Frankland on 30 June
2007. From the very moment he arrived, there was an intimidating atmosphere towards
Muslim inmates. He described in a phone call to his wife that “they (all) hate him. He said that
they’ve made it known that they’re very racist and he’s fearful for his life. He said that the
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majority are against him.”

He attempted to talk to his wife in Urdu, a south Asian language, when the phone was
abruptly cut off. He enquired why this was, and the guard informed him he was prevented
from talking another language apart from English. Omar showed the guard the letter
indicating permission to conversate in Urdu, however the guard replied “I don’t care what the
letter says, you can’t.”

Shortly after arriving, Omar was told by another Muslim prisoner, “We’ve heard inmates
talking and saying that they’re going to get you. They’re saying that they’re going to burn you
alive, to stab you.”

After this statement, his solicitor and his wife both advised him to enter solitary confinement.
Prior to this, his solicitor informed the Prison head of security that Omar’s life was in danger
and that he was responsible for his security, The solicitor was told that he could not do this.
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Omar then made a formal complaint and only then was he moved to solitary confinement.

After being moved to solitary confinement (segregation), in which he is placed for no other
reason than his own protection, he is subjected to the same restrictions as if he is on the

10
   http://www.al-istiqamah.com/IF/Barot1.htm
11
   Scotland Herald, 29th July 2007
12
   Interview with Mrs Khyam, Al-Istiqamah.com September 2007
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   ibid
segregation wing for disciplinary reasons. These restrictions include no reading materials,
limited visits, and limited phone calls.

3 days after he was moved to segregation and after much resistance from the prison
bureaucracy, Eesa Barot was attacked. Shortly after this, Hussein Osmans' cell was set
alight. In all these cases the prison authorities had ample warning regarding the persecution
of Muslim inmates, and chose to ignore them.

Omar remains in segregation, and the prison service refuses to move him, stating that the
prison is safe and secure.
PART THREE : HOW TO HELP

There are many ways in order to help alleviate the suffering currently being experienced by
Muslims at HMP Frankland. All of these actions do have an effect. There is confirmation from
prisoners that when complaints are filed, in most cases their situations improve. It is also an
important morale boost for the prisoners, as they no longer feel alone.

The ways to help are as follows :-

A. Write letters and make phone calls to the relevant organisations and government
departments. Templates and addresses are provided in the appendices of this document.

B. Attend any demonstrations or protests that are advertised by either ourselves or other
organisations.

C. Write to the prisoners. Details can be provided upon request.

D. At the very least, make Dua’ to Allah (Swt) to ease the prisoners suffering

E. Email us advising that you wish to help this project or other projects we may initiate.

Remember, sometimes it can take only one person to make the world a better place, and do
not think that your action, big or small, has no impact. To give some examples :-

    •   The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) secured the release of Gul Aslan
        through a sustained letter writing campaign

    •   The IHRC state that one MP revealed that if five letters regarding an issue are sent to
        his constituency, they will discuss the issue at the next meeting

    •   Amnesty International reported that a former torturer from El Salvador stated “If there
        is lots of pressure, we might pass the inmates to the judge. If there’s no pressure,
        they’re dead.”

    •   Arani Solicitors have stated that when complaints are received, the prisoners’ lives on
        the whole improve, however temporary

    •   The Guildford Four and the Birmingham Six were only released after many years of
        letter-writing and campaigning by their supporters. They were the ultimate “problem
        that would not go away”, and there is no doubt should their supporters have of
        forgotten them they would still be in jail this day.


Please take action before it is you, your brother, your sister, your father, your mother, your
son or your daughter that finds themselves in the same predicament.
APPENDIX A : LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR, FRANKLAND PRISON

Note : Should you receive a reply, please wherever possible send a scanned copy to us via
email. This enables us to collate responses and aid further reports and follow-up actions.


                                                                 <YOUR NAME >
                                                                 <YOUR ADDRESS >

The Governor
HMP Frankland
Brasside
Durham
DH1 5YD                                                          <DATE>

Dear Sir,

RE : Conditions of Muslim Prisoners at your prison

I am writing to you as I am concerned about the treatment of Muslim inmates at HMP
Frankland. There have been a number of violent incidents at your prison involving Muslims,
who seem to be targeted because of their religion. To give some examples :-

    •   In July 2007 Eesa Barot suffered 10% burns after hot oil and hot water was poured
        on him.
    •   Eesa Barot was not given treatment for 3 days, and his solicitor was not informed.
    •   In the same month, Hussain Osmans' cell was burnt, with him losing all his
        possessions and clothes.
    •   Muslims are now being held in segregation for their own protection, being denied the
        basic rights that are afforded to other prisoners.

In addition to this, Muslim prisoners have reported racism on the part of both prisoners and
staff. Indeed, HMP Frankland has a history of this, as has been documented in the media.

Could I please enquire what actions you intend to take in order that Muslim prisoners rights
are protected and their security is guaranteed. You as governor have a responsibility to
protect the wellbeing of all prisoners under your command, including Muslim prisoners. If you
do not feel that you can guarantee their safety and security, could you please advise as to
why you have not actioned a request for a transfer to a safer environment for these prisoners.

Could you also explain why unfair treatment is being meted out to Muslim prisoners, for
example :-

    •   The excessive cell and strip searches suffered by Eesa (Dhiren) Barot
    •   The harassment of Omar Khyams' telephone conversations when conducted in Urdu
    •   Why discriminatory hospital treatment is occurring, particularly in the case of Eesa
        Barot.

Finally, could you please inform me of the actions that you as a governor will take to ensure
that Muslims prisoners are treated to an equal standard as non-Muslim prisoners.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course,


Regards,


<NAME>
APPENDIX B : LETTER TO THE PRISON OMBUDSMAN

Note : Should you receive a reply, please wherever possible send a scanned copy to us via
email. This enables us to collate responses and aid further reports and follow-up actions.


                                                               <YOUR NAME >
                                                               <YOUR ADDRESS >

Prison and Probation Ombudsman
Ashley House
2 Monck Street
London
SW1P 2BQ                                                       <DATE>


Dear Sir,

RE : Conditions of Muslim Prisoners at HMP Frankland

I am writing to you as I am concerned about the treatment of Muslim inmates at HMP
Frankland. There have been a number of violent incidents at the prison involving Muslims,
who seem to be targeted because of their religion. To give some examples :-

    •   In July 2007 Eesa Barot suffered 10% burns after hot oil and hot water was poured
        on him.
    •   Eesa Barot was not given treatment for 3 days, and his solicitor was not informed.
    •   In the same month, Hussain Osmans' cell was burnt, with him losing all his
        possessions and clothes.
    •   Muslims are now being held in segregation for their own protection, being denied the
        basic rights that are afforded to other prisoners.

In addition to this, Muslim prisoners have reported racism on the part of both prisoners and
staff. Indeed, HMP Frankland has a history of this, as has been documented in the media.

Could you please investigate the current situation of Muslim Inmates at HMP Frankland and
report as to why their safety and security is being compromised. Could you also advise as to
why they are not being transferred when they are in obvious danger.

Could you also explain why unfair treatment is being meted out to Muslim prisoners, for
example :-

    •   The excessive cell and strip searches suffered by Eesa (Dhiren) Barot
    •   The harassment of Omar Khyams' telephone conversations when conducted in Urdu
    •   Why discriminatory hospital treatment is occurring, particularly in the case of Eesa
        Barot.

Finally, could you please inform me of the actions that you intend to recommend to the
governor of HMP Frankland to ensure that Muslims prisoners are treated to an equal standard
as non-Muslim prisoners.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course,

Regards,


<NAME>
APPENDIX C : LETTER TO YOUR MP

Note : Should you receive a reply, please wherever possible send a scanned copy to us via
email. This enables us to collate responses and aid further reports and follow-up actions.



                                                                  <YOUR NAME >
                                                                  <YOUR ADDRESS >

<MPS NAME>                                                        <DATE>
<MP ADDRESS>

Dear Sir,

RE : Conditions of Muslim Prisoners at HMP Frankland

I am writing to you as I am concerned about the treatment of Muslim inmates at HMP
Frankland, and I believe their right to protection and security under the prison system is being
compromised. There have been a number of violent incidents at the prison involving Muslims,
who seem to be targeted because of their religion. To give some examples :-

    •   In July 2007 Eesa Barot suffered 10% burns after hot oil and hot water was poured
        on him.
    •   Eesa Barot was not given treatment for 3 days, and his solicitor was not informed.
    •   In the same month, Hussain Osmans' cell was burnt, with him losing all his
        possessions and clothes.
    •   Muslims are now being held in segregation for their own protection, being denied the
        basic rights that are afforded to other prisoners.

In addition to this, Muslim prisoners have reported racism on the part of both prisoners and
staff. Indeed, HMP Frankland has a history of this, as has been documented in the media.

Could you please investigate the current situation of Muslim Inmates at HMP Frankland and
report as to why their safety and security is being compromised. Could you also advise as to
why they are not being transferred when they are in obvious danger.

Could you also explain why unfair treatment is being meted out to Muslim prisoners, for
example :-

    •   The excessive cell and strip searches suffered by Eesa (Dhiren) Barot
    •   The harassment of Omar Khyams' telephone conversations when conducted in Urdu
    •   Why discriminatory hospital treatment is occurring, particularly in the case of Eesa
        Barot.

Finally, could you please inform me of the actions that you as a member of parliament will be
taking to ensure that Muslims prisoners are treated to an equal standard as non-Muslim
prisoners both in HMP Frankland and throughout the prison service.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course,


Regards,


<NAME>
APPENDIX D : LETTER TO THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE

Note : Should you receive a reply, please wherever possible send a scanned copy to us via
email. This enables us to collate responses and aid further reports and follow-up actions.



                                                               <YOUR NAME >
                                                               <YOUR ADDRESS >

Ministry of Justice
Selborne House
54 Victoria Street
London
SW1E 6QW
United Kingdom                                         <DATE>

Dear Sir,

RE : Conditions of Muslim Prisoners at HMP Frankland

I am writing to you as I am concerned about the treatment of Muslim inmates at HMP
Frankland. There have been a number of violent incidents at the prison involving Muslims,
who seem to be targeted because of their religion. To give some examples :-

    •   In July 2007 Eesa Barot suffered 10% burns after hot oil and hot water was poured
        on him.
    •   Eesa Barot was not given treatment for 3 days, and his solicitor was not informed.
    •   In the same month, Hussain Osmans' cell was burnt, with him losing all his
        possessions and clothes.
    •   Muslims are now being held in segregation for their own protection, being denied the
        basic rights that are afforded to other prisoners.

In addition to this, Muslim prisoners have reported racism on the part of both prisoners and
staff. Indeed, HMP Frankland has a history of this, as has been documented in the media.

Could you please investigate the current situation of Muslim Inmates at HMP Frankland and
report as to why their safety and security is being compromised. Could you also advise as to
why they are not being transferred when they are in obvious danger.

Could you also explain why unfair treatment is being meted out to Muslim prisoners, for
example :-

    •   The excessive cell and strip searches suffered by Eesa (Dhiren) Barot
    •   The harassment of Omar Khyams' telephone conversations when conducted in Urdu
    •   Why discriminatory hospital treatment is occurring, particularly in the case of Eesa
        Barot.

Finally, could you please inform me of the actions that you intend to recommend to the
governor of HMP Frankland to ensure that Muslims prisoners are treated to an equal standard
as non-Muslim prisoners.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course,

Regards,


<NAME>
APPENDIX E : LETTER TO THE HM INSPECTOR OF PRISONS

Note : Should you receive a reply, please wherever possible send a scanned copy to us via
email. This enables us to collate responses and aid further reports and follow-up actions.


                                                               <YOUR NAME >
                                                               <YOUR ADDRESS >

Anne Owers, HM Inspector of Prisons
 st
1 Floor, Ashley House
2 Monck Street
London
SW1P 2BQ                                                       <DATE>


Dear Ms Owners,

RE : Conditions of Muslim Prisoners at HMP Frankland

I am writing to you as I am concerned about the treatment of Muslim inmates at HMP
Frankland. There have been a number of violent incidents at the prison involving Muslims,
who seem to be targeted because of their religion. To give some examples :-

    •   In July 2007 Eesa Barot suffered 10% burns after hot oil and hot water was poured
        on him.
    •   Eesa Barot was not given treatment for 3 days, and his solicitor was not informed.
    •   In the same month, Hussain Osmans' cell was burnt, with him losing all his
        possessions and clothes.
    •   Muslims are now being held in segregation for their own protection, being denied the
        basic rights that are afforded to other prisoners.

In addition to this, Muslim prisoners have reported racism on the part of both prisoners and
staff. Indeed, HMP Frankland has a history of this, as has been documented in the media.

Could you please investigate the current situation of Muslim Inmates at HMP Frankland and
report as to why their safety and security is being compromised. Could you also advise as to
why they are not being transferred when they are in obvious danger.

Could you also explain why unfair treatment is being meted out to Muslim prisoners, for
example :-

    •   The excessive cell and strip searches suffered by Eesa (Dhiren) Barot
    •   The harassment of Omar Khyams' telephone conversations when conducted in Urdu
    •   Why discriminatory hospital treatment is occurring, particularly in the case of Eesa
        Barot.

Finally, could you please inform me of the actions that you intend to recommend to the
governor of HMP Frankland to ensure that Muslims prisoners are treated to an equal standard
as non-Muslim prisoners.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course,

Regards,


<NAME>
APPENDIX F : KEY CONTACTS

HMP Frankland

Brasside
Durham
DH1 5YD

Tel : 0191 332 3000
Fax : 0191 332 3001

Governor : Bob Mullen




Prison and Probation Ombudsman

Address :

Ashley House
2 Monck Street
London
SW1P 2BQ

Tel 020 7035 2876 or 0845 010 7938 (lo-call)
Fax 020 7035 2860
Email: mail@ppo.gsi.gov.uk




Anne Owers, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Address :

 st
1 Floor, Ashley House
2 Monck Street
London
SW1P 2BQ

				
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