Human Rights Center to Arab League: We want practical steps to support prisoners

[ PIC 08/01/2013 - 07:58 PM ]

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GAZA, (PIC)– The prisoners’ center for studies expressed its wish that the Arab League meeting, on Tuesday at the level of permanent delegates to discuss the situation of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, will be distinct and not as its predecessor, which was held in 2009, stressing that the prisoners need practical steps to alleviate their suffering and not emotional slogans.

The director of the Center, Riad Al Ashqar, stated that a similar meeting at the level of permanent delegates was held in Cairo on 2009 to discuss the Israeli violations against the Palestinian prisoners and Arab detainees, where they approved many recommendations mainly to mandate the Arab Group in New York to apply for the General Assembly of the United Nations, to petition the international Court of Justice in The Hague, for a ruling on the legal status of Palestinian prisoners and Arab prisoners in Israeli occupation jails, according to the international law, as prisoners of war, as Palestinians have a legitimate right to resist the occupation.
They also called for a meeting of the States parties to the Geneva Conventions to discuss Israel’s refusal to apply these agreements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

They also called on the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, to assume its legal and humanitarian responsibilities towards prisoners, and to visit Israeli prisons and detention center to ensure their conformity to the international agreements and treaties in this regard.

Riad al-Ashqar pointed out that none of these important recommendations have been followed up or implemented on the ground, calling on the Arab League not to hold other meetings but to apply what was decided at that meeting 3 years ago.

He called on the Arab League to regain its leading role, to adopt Arab causes especially the prisoners’ issue in Israeli jails particularly the striker prisoners, calling for practical steps and not emotional slogans.



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