U.N. alarmed at conditions for Palestinian hunger-strikers

Nick Mcbride
May 25, 2017

The protest has continued without resolution and the health of hundreds of participating prisoners has "deteriorated "significantly", Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, said in a statement on Wednesday".

Both Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations have corroborated numerous complaints of the prisoners and have called on the Israeli authorities to improve the conditions of Palestinian prisoners.

The right to consult a lawyer is a fundamental protection in worldwide human rights law that should never be violated, Zeid said.

The strike followed a call by Marwan Barghouti, the most high-profile Palestinian held by Israel, for a protest against solitary confinement and an Israeli policy of detention without trial that has been applied to thousands of prisoners since the 1980s.

In 2000, Israel reportedly held 12 Palestinians in administrative detention. Almost 700 prisoners are now held in administrative detention. He added that the health of hundreds of the hunger-strikers had "deteriorated significantly".

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Among the prisoners is jailed [Palestinian leader] Marwan Barghouti, who underwent a number of medical examinations and was sent back to his cell in the Kishon Detention Center in northern Israel, it said.

On May 16, the Arabic-language al-Aqsa satellite television network reported that 76 hunger strikers in Israel's Ofer prison had been taken to the Hadrim field hospital for treatment and possible force-feeding, adding that 36 other hunger strikers from the same jail had been taken to the hospital for observation the previous day.

In a statement released by the BDS on Thursday, the computer and technological company is accused of helping the Israeli government suppress the Palestinian people, both in their daily lives and in prison.

"Various global bodies have repeatedly called on Israel to end its practice of administrative detention". It said that under worldwide law, the visits "can only be limited for security reasons, on a case by case basis, but never for strictly punitive or disciplinary purposes".

There are now 6,500 Palestinian political prisoners held by Israel, including more than 500 administrative detainees, according to Jerusalem-based prisoner rights group Addameer.

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