Monday, March 26, 2012

Rights Group Launch Prisoners’ Support Campaign

GENEVA, March 26, 2012 (WAFA) - The Euromid Observer for Human Rights (Euro-Mid) launched a wide campaign urging international human rights organizations to take action to support striking Palestinian prisoner and the eldest administrative detainee in Israeli jails, a press release said Monday.
Euro-Mid said it contacted the European Parliament, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and several commissions of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to study the legal and humanitarian positions of Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli jails, especially the ones on hunger strike.
The campaign focuses mainly on Hana Shalabi, the prisoner who has been on an open-ended hunger strike for 40 days protesting her arrest without charge or trial, and to member of the Palestinian Legislative Council Ahmad al-Hajj, 74, who entered his 12th day on hunger strike protesting his incarceration in administrative detention since June of 2011.
Abeer Hussary, chief external relations and communications official in Euro-Mid, said the observer urged human rights organizations to pressure the Israeli authorities to end the arbitrary and illegal administrative detention policy against Palestinian women, academics, parliament members and journalists.
UNHRC can demand from Israel to present legal grounds for the ongoing detention of Shalabi and al-Hajj without charge or trial, as well as demand to provide proper health care for striking prisoners until their demands are met in accordance with international and human law, added Hussary.Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA