UFree holds Israel fully responsible for death of ex-detainee Ashraf Abu Darea

[ PIC 23/01/2013 – 10:52 AM ]

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LONDON, (PIC)– The European network for the rights of prisoners UFree said that Israel must be held accountable for the death of former Palestinian prisoner Ashraf Abu Darea.

In a press release, UFree stated that Abu Darea was kept in detention despite his serious health condition for six and a half years and released only when his jailers were aware that he might die any moment.

“All facts prove that Israel was behind the assassination of Abu Darea as they kept him in prison for a long time despite his poor health condition. He was released only when Israel realized that his life was at a critical stage and he might die any moment, not to mention that he was medically neglected and not given the proper health care,” UFree emphasized.

Mohamad Hamdan, head of UFree, said the Israeli occupation state is not committed to international law concerning prisoners and its actions flagrantly violate article 92 of the fourth Geneva convention of 1949.

According to this article, “medical inspections of internees shall be made at least once a month. Their purpose shall be, in particular, to supervise the general state of health, nutrition and cleanliness of internees, and to detect contagious diseases, especially tuberculosis, malaria, and venereal diseases. Such inspections shall include, in particular, the checking of weight of each internee and, at least once a year, radioscopic examination.”

“We are worried about the lives of the rest of Palestinian prisoners in Israel jails. We are grieved by the death of Ashraf and share these sad moments with his family,” Hamdan said.

“We will continue our work to expose Israel in cooperation with the free world until our prisoners are freed. We will not wait until they are killed by Israel. Today Abu Darea is dead and recently there were Zuhair Abu Lubada and Zakaria Issa Dawood,” he added.

Accordingly, UFree called on international human rights organizations like ICRC and WHO to bear their responsibilities in this regard and save the prisoners.

In a related context, Palestinian lawmaker Mohamed Attal said the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, especially the patients, die slowly as a result of the medical neglect policy pursued against them.

MP Attal added in a press statement to the Palestinian information center (PIC) on Tuesday that Ashraf Abu Darea stayed for a long time suffering in the notorious infirmary of the Ramla jail, which is worse than jails.

The lawmaker said he believes that Abu Darea was injected with some virus by the occupation before he was released from jail.



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