PSC Call for Prime Minister to Intervene to Help Prevent Death of Khader Adnan

PNN FEB 21 2012

PSC – Palestine Solidarity Campaign have made urgent representations to the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary calling on them to personally intervene to save the life of Khader Adnan, who is now in his 66th day of a hunger strike in Israeli detention.

In December 2011, Khader Adnan was kidnapped from his home in the West Bank in a night raid carried out by Israeli soldiers, and is currently held under administrative detention orders without charge or trial.

Khader Adnan started his hunger strike on 18 December, protesting at being detained without charges or being notified of the reason for his detention and subject to inhumane and humiliating treatment. He is one of hundreds of Palestinians held under administrative detention orders without charge or trial, orders which can be renewed.

Sarah Colborne, Director of Palestine Solidarity Campaign said:

” We’ve asked the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary to intervene now to save the life of Khader Adnan. Khader has taken the extraordinary step of hunger-striking because of the injustice meted out against him and other Palestinians imprisoned not only without trial but without explanation. We have urged the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary to make public representations to the Israeli Government.

It is time to act. Tomorrow might be too late. ”

Israel is currently holding 309 Palestinians in administrative detention, including one man who has been held for over five years, and 24 Palestinian Legislative Council members.

Israel’s practice of administrative detention as a tool of political oppression is a grave violation of the fourth Geneva Convention as well as the Convention on Civil and Political Rights, and the Convention Against Torture.

PSC is calling for the UK Government to speak out against Israel’s policies of administrative detention, torture and ill-treatment of detainees, solitary confinement and isolation, the use of military courts in the occupied Palestinian territory that illegally try civilians, undermining a fair trial by using secret evidence against the accused, and arresting vulnerable groups, such as children, disabled, elderly and ill people.

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