#PalHunger | UN officials concerned over Palestinian prisoners

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Demonstrators hold portraits of Palestinian hunger striker Samer Issawi. (file photo)
Officials from the United Nations have expressed concern over the conditions of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, particularly about the health of hunger striker Samer Issawi.

According to a statement issued by the UN, James Rawley, the UN humanitarian coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territories, met with Issa Qaraqe, the Palestinian Authority’s minister of prisoner and detainee affairs, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday.

During the meeting, Rawley “expressed the United Nations’ continued concern about Palestinian detainees” in Israel’s custody.

“They discussed the situation of four Palestinian detainees currently on hunger strike and, in particular, the critical health condition of one Palestinian detainee, Samer Issawi, who has been on hunger strike for more than 200 days,” the statement added.

On Wednesday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay also voiced concern about the Palestinian prisoners in Israel.

Meanwhile, Eduardo Del Buey, deputy spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, stated that the prisoners, who are being held under Israel’s so-called administrative detention, should be either charged or set free.

Administrative detention is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.


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

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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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