Now, this is what was missing from the movie Midnight Express.
In the long list of Sweden's human rights violations, I think denying the female prison population access to two-piece swimwear is, if not cruel, certainly unusual punishment, I guess.
Female prisoners demand bikinis-DP
Published: 25th May 2007 13:35 CET
Women at a prison outside Gothenburg have decided to fight for their right to a decent sun tan."It's a human right," wrote the chairwoman of the council.
Sweden's Justice Ombudsman has received a letter from the Prisoners' Council at Sagsjön jail in which the women bemoan the fact that they are not permitted to wear bikinis.
Since bikinis are not standard issue in jail, and inmates are not permitted to wear their civilian clothes, the prisoners consider themselves victims of discrimination, Aftonbladet reports.
"How are we supposed to be able to sunbathe at all? They answer we have got is that we can sunbathe in shorts and sports tops.
"In other words, we are treated differently because we are in an institution and we are disriminated [sic] against because of our gender," the women wrote.
"We want to be able to enjoy the sun just like everybody else in Sweden, whether they are in an institution or on the outside."