Friday, January 18, 2013

Rights Group Worried about Life of Striking Detainees

Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA 


RAMALLAH, January 17, 2013 (WAFA) – The human rights group, Addameer, expressed deep concern for the lives of four Palestinian hunger strikers as their health continues to deteriorate, a press statement by the group said Thursday.
It said its lawyer, Fares Ziad, recently visited three hunger strikers - Jafar Azzidine, Yousef Yassin and Tarek Qa’adan - who have been on hunger strike for two months.
All three were arrested on November 22 and were placed in administrative detention, which is a procedure that allows the Israeli military to hold detainees indefinitely on ‘secret information’ without charging them or allowing them to stand trial. All three began their hunger strike on November 28 and are only drinking water, said Addameer.
Fares reported that Yousef Yassin is are being held in isolation in a glass, sound proof cell at Ramleh prison clinic, with a guard placed outside their door 24 hours a day, and are subject to daily inspections.
All three are also being denied family visits. They have also had most of the belongings, such as clothes, cigarettes and electronics confiscated.
As a result of their continued detention and treatment by the Israel Prison Service all three have refused any medical treatment or tests since December 21, said the statement.
Another striking prisoner, Samer Issawi, has been on partial hunger strike for 167 days.
Ayman Sharawna suspended his hunger strike on January 3 after 180 days.
Addameer called on the international community to pressure the Israeli Prison Service for the immediate release of the hunger striking prisoners and ensure that Israel upholds international human rights and humanitarian law