#Hungry4Freedom | HR organizations call for urgent UN intervention to save prisoners’ lives

[ PIC 16/12/2012 – 07:10 PM ]


TUNIS, (PIC)– Arab and Western human rights organizations warned against the serious health deterioration of two Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails for nearly five months, demanding urgent UN action to save their lives.

The Executive Office for supporting the Palestinian and Arab prisoners in occupation jails, which emerged from the International Conference for supporting the prisoners, which was held in Tunis a month ago on November 10 under the auspices of the Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki and which was called for by the Tunisian, Arab, European and international civil society assemblies, stated that the prisoner Ayman Sharawna, 169 days on hunger strike, and captive Samer al-Issawi,138 days on hunger strike, had passed the stage of extreme danger and approached the brink of death.

The Executive Office called on the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, to move for urgent international action to save the lives of the hunger strikers Sharawna and Issawi.

The Executive Office stated that the UN Human Rights Council’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the immediate intervention commission have to put an end to the UN silence on the continuing Israeli violation to the international conventions that criminalize the arbitrary administrative detention without charge.

It stressed in a statement on Sunday that prisoners Sharawna and Issawi are struggling today for their legitimate right, guaranteed by the United Nations’ charters and resolutions. Despite their efforts to keep this humanitarian right, they were ignored by the international parties who claimed the defense of the human rights and justice, the statement added.

The three human rights organizations called on the UN two committees to intervene urgently to save the lives of the two striking prisoners and to end their illegal detention and to turn them to a fair trial or release them.
The Executive Office has discussed with the Tunisian Foreign Ministry ways to support the prisoners on hunger strike.

The International Conference for supporting the prisoners in Israeli jails had decided a month ago to form an executive office in Tunisia to follow up the prisoners’ affairs.

The prisoners Sharawna, 36, and Issawi, 33, have announced their boycott of Ramle prison clinic where they were being treated. They were transferred few days ago to Assaf Harofe Hospital to keep them alive.


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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