World parliamentarians say ‘appalled’ at Israel’s detention of PLC members

[ 27/07/2011 – 04:55 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– The Inter-Parliamentary Union said it was ”appalled” at Israel’s repeated detention of members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, calling it a violation of the Palestinians’ democratic rights.

The condemnation came in a letter by the IPU Human Rights Committee directed at Palestinian MP Mushir al-Masri, who heads the Gaza-based International Campaign for Releasing the Abducted Members of Parliament.

The letter came to clarify the IPU’s position during its latest session on 4 July 2011 with regard to the detention and banishment of PLC members.

It considered that the arrest campaign that followed the capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit had political motives and was an arbitrary decision, given Israel was well aware that Hamas nominees would appear on the election ballot.

The IPU also condemned the indefinite terms of administrative detention faced by Palestinian elected officials, as a violation of human rights.

The letter points out that the IPU had dispatched an observer to attend the latest Israeli Supreme Court hearing over the banishment of three Palestinian politicians from Jerusalem, two of them being members on the PLC.

The body said it would further discuss the matter in its 125th session to take place in mid-October 2011.

The IPU, established in 1889, is the oldest multilateral political organization. It brings together 155 affiliated parliaments and eight regional assemblies as associate members.

The world organization of parliaments has an Office in New York which acts as its permanent observer at the United Nations.

World parliamentarians say ‘appalled’ at Israel’s detention of PLC members.

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