Australian Anti-fascist prisoner Jock Palfreeman, serving 20 years in Sofia/Bulgaria for defending two Roma boys from a racist mob, was on hunger strike from the 13th January 2013. The Director of the Central Sofia Prison had ordered another punishment measure because of Jock´s activist work as chairman of the Bulgarian Prisoner´s Association. Due to this punishment Jock is now not allowed to finish his studies which is very important to him.
After 30 days Jock ended his hunger strike because he got an answer from the Bulgarian authorities. The prison administration responsible for his case answered that he can only study in a Bulgarian University, and not in a foreign one. But, if he wants to study in a Bulgarian Unviersity he cannot do this from prison, so he is not permitted to continue his studies. This ‘official’ answer means that he can now apply in the courts against the decision. After losing 20 kilos in weight he ended his hunger strike and will continue his protest by legal ways.
Jock is very thankful for the support he received. But the issue of being able to continue his studies is not resolved, so it is still useful for friends and supporters to write letters to the Ministery of Justice in Bulgaria.
The fight continues! Please keep writing letters of complaint to:
Ministry of Justice
No. 1, Slavanska Street
Sofia 104, Bulgaria
Write letters of support to:
Sofia Central Prison
21 General Stoletov Boulevard
Check out these websites for more information about his case:
Join the ‘Freedom For Jock Palfreeman’ page on Facebook for regular news and updates:
Sign this petition to the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice: To Approve Jock Palfreeman’s Prison Transfer to Australia
Website of Bulgarian Prisoners Association: