Erekat Calls on UN, EU to Intervene to End Administrative Detention


JERICHO, March 4, 2012 (WAFA) – Fatah Central Committee Member Saeb Erekat Sunday called on the United Nations and the Europeon union to promplty intervent to end the policy of administrative dentention, which was cancelled during the British Mandate in 1948.

In two separate meetings with UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry and EU Representative to the Palestinian Territory John Gatt-Rutter, Erekat called to save the life of Palestinian prisoner, Hana’ Shalabi, 30, who has been in an open-ended hunger strike for 19 days, protesting her administrative arrest.

Erekat was assigned by President Mahmoud Abbas to follow up on this matter.

Erekat said that Abbas is exerting all efforts towards the Palestinian prsioners’ file; where he discussed with U.S. Consul General Daniel Rubinstein the matter of Shalabi and called for the immediate release of all prisoners, particularly the elderly, women, children and leaders, especially the ones that were arrested at the end of 1994.

Meanwhile, Erekat stressed that the Israeli government is fully accountable for the deterioration of the peace process through its insistence on choosing settlement activities, dictations and the policy of imposing facts on the ground.
“In order for the international community to bring the peace process back on the right track, it has to force Israel to halt all settlement activities, including in East Jerusalem, and to accept the two-state solution,” said Erekat.

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