Visits are allowed three days per week. Life is impossible for the people who don’t receive visits. There are so many visitors that we only have five minutes to talk to our loved ones. The visits end at 4pm, when the prison closes.
A group of inmates is responsible for security within the prison. Sometimes political prisoners are mistreated. More than two thirds of the inmates are awaiting trial; it can take up to five years for a case to come to trial. I was held in detention for three years before I going to court. People who can’t afford to pay a lawyer have to defend themselves. Since 2015, lawyers have not been available through legal aid.
There are two detention systems: one for “the events of 2015”, for the inmates who are considered the most dangerous, and one for everyone else. Not all prisoners are treated the same, particularly when it comes to reductions in sentence length and presidential pardons. Some people aren’t allowed to talk or move around the prison. Others are placed in solitary confinement (tingi tingi).
Medical treatment is not permitted except for very serious illnesses; in some cases, the inmates can’t get treatment until their life is in danger. Some of them die.
There is a small sickbay with 20 beds. Religious groups are responsible for cleaning the sickbay and for washing the patients’ bedding and clothing. We have access to water between 4pm and 9pm, and there is only one tap.
From 6pm to 7:30pm, I go on the internet if I can. Then we have dinner and I finally watch TV, at 8pm. After that, I talk to my parents, my brothers or my family by text or on Facebook until 10pm. Finally, I take a shower and I go to sleep. That is my day.