PCHR: Closure of Gaza Must Be Lifted as Shalit’s Pretext Diminished

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[ 14/10/2011 – 09:02 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), in Gaza, welcomed the prisoner swap deal between the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF), in a press statement it issued on Thursday.

PCHR expressed appreciation for the role of mediation played by Egypt and related efforts exerted to achieve the deal and wished for further Egyptian contribution to the implementation of the Palestinian reconciliation agreement.
PCHR noted that “with the completion of this swap deal, over 5,000 Palestinian prisoners, including approximately 400 people from the Gaza Strip, will remain detained under cruel and degrading conditions.”

PCHR expressed grave concern over “the continued deterioration of prisoners’ conditions inside the Israeli prisons,” and called on the international community to exert pressure on the IOF to release more than 5,000 Palestinian prisoners who will remain in prison.

The human rights organisation went on to say that since the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip is claimed to be the result of the capture of IOF soldier Gilad Shalit, the end of Shalit’s case should be the end of the pretext used by the Israeli occupation to maintain the siege and called for an immediate end to this form of collective punishment.


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