#PalHunger | UK rights group calls for recognizing Palestinian detainees as POWs

[ PIC 15/05/2012 – 03:13 PM ]

LONDON, (PIC)– The Arab Organization for Human Rights in Britain (AOHR) urged the international community to recognize the Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails as prisoners of war.

In a press release on Tuesday, the organization also called for binding Israel to respect the rights of Palestinian prisoners as stipulated by international law.

It also urged the Arab and Muslim nations to put the issue of Palestinian prisoners on their national agendas and champion their cause until they win their freedom.

In a related context, spokesman for the higher committee for the support of prisoners Mazen Al-Fuqaha said the Egypt-brokered agreement between the Israeli prison authority and leaders of the hunger strikers stipulated the fulfillment of all demands set by the prisoners.

Faqha told the Palestinian information center (PIC) on Tuesday that the terms of this agreement provide for, among other, an end to solitary confinement, the right of all prisoners to meet their families in prison and the release of administrative detainees after completing their prison terms without extensions.

Palestinian sources in Cairo told the PIC that minister of justice Mohamed Al-Ghoul and minister of prisoners’ affairs Attalla Assabeh would meet Tuesday senior Egyptian intelligence officials to discuss the issue of Palestinian prisoners.

The meeting would focus on the hunger strike agreement that was signed on Monday in Ashkelon jail and the safeguards ensuring its implementation.

The two Palestinian ministers left Gaza to participate in a conference on the Palestinian prisoners organized by the Arab organization for human rights, the Arab lawyers’ union and the Egyptian journalist syndicate.


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