#PalHunger | Al-Rekhawi: Strike aimed to highlight sick detainees

Maan News Agency | July 25, 2012

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoner Akram al-Rekhawi, who ended a 102 day hunger strike on Sunday, says he aimed to drew attention to the plight of seriously ill detainees.In a letter sent to the PA Minister of Detainee Affairs, al-Rekhawi said prisoners languishing in the clinic of Ramle prison suffered medical neglect by Israeli prison authorities.

He said he did not fear death during his hunger strike but wanted to end the suffering of Palestinian prisoners whose medical needs were neglected without regard for international humanitarian law.

The father of eight said there was an international moral responsibility to end the Israeli government’s disregard for prisoners’ lives, particularly those with serious illnesses and disabilities.

Al-Rekhawi suffers diabetes, asthma and osteoporosis and has been held in Ramle prison clinic since his arrest in 2004. He was due to be freed in June 2013 but went on hunger strike to demand his release on medical grounds. He concluded his strike on Sunday after reaching a deal with Israeli authorities to release him six months early in January 2013.


A journal published by Adalah, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights | June 26, 2012

“On Torture” is an edited volume of essays by Palestinian, Israeli and international legal and medical experts and practitioners based on presentations that they gave during a workshop held in Jerusalem in April 2011 entitled, “Securing Accountability for Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment (CIDT) in Israel: New Trends and Comparative Lessons”.

The essayists explore the history of torture in Israel, the daily challenges that practitioners face in seeking accountability for torture and CIDT in Israel, and the changing face of torture.


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