Conference at UN headquarters to shift world attention to Palestinian POWs

[ 24/02/2011 – 11:32 AM ]


GAZA, (PIC)– Fouad Al-Khafsh, director of the Ahrar human rights center in Gaza, anticipated that the widely participated conference on prisoner rights to be held March 11 at UN headquarters in Geneva is sure to shift the world’s attention to the cause of Palestinian prisoners of war and politics.

In a recent statement, Khafsh expressed gratitude to organizers the Oslo-based European Network to Support the Rights of the Palestinian Prisoners (Ufree), Right for All in Switzerland and 21 North-South.

He said that although he had participated in many international conferences in 2010, this one has an attraction certain to expose Israel’s crimes against Palestinian prisoners to the entire world.

“The venue is distinguished and will raise world attention, being the symbol of demands for human dignity…The Geneva Conventions constituted a lever for human rights in the world,” he said.

The conference is expected to have high-profile turnout, and will include the former Swiss president, the president of the Global Parliamentarians, Lord Sheikh from the UK, the former president of the Red Cross, attorneys and rights organizations, who will hold roundtable talks and listen to testimonies of ex-prisoners and their families.

“It is one of our top priorities to transmit the real image highlighting the suffering of Palestinian captives in Israeli prisons [especially] those in administrative detention and solitary confinement and who have grown old in prison,” Khafsh said.

Conference at UN headquarters to shift world attention to Palestinian POWs.

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