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 April 2012   

Prisoners : "Hadarim" prison administration bans Al-Maqdese lawyer from visiting Palestinian prisoners

Israeli At the end of this month, the prison administration banned our lawyer from visiting the prisoners on hunger strike, under the pretext of their inability to leave their beds due to their strike that is ongoing for the sixth day.
During his visit, the lawyer explained that the prison administration isolated all those who are in section 4 and are on hunger strike. He stated also that the prisoners in sections 10 and 12 are also on strike, while the administration distributed the prisoners on strike in the different remaining sections of the prison. The lawyer indicated that there are more than 400 prisoners on strike in this prison, these have joined the prisoners’ movement strike that has started on the Palestinian prisoners’ day with participation of thousands of prisoners of different political parties.
Throughout their hunger strike, the prisoners suffer from the difficult conditions in prison and the brutal attacks committed against them throughout the last months. They keep on requesting their lawful demands, including ending their isolation, improving their conditions. The number of prisoners on strike is expected to increase and will have an open strike for the coming days.
In light of these facts, al-Maqdese calls for all the international parties, especially the UN, to fulfill its responsibilities towards the Palestinian prisoners, and to put pressure on the Israeli authorities to deal with them as prisoners of war, under the Geneva convention, and to ensure their rights protected by the IHL, as most of their rights are violated under this convention. The Palestinian prisoners are deprived from their rights related to their detention conditions. The nature of these detentions is characterized of committing physical and emotional violations committed against the prisoners on a daily basis.
Al-Maqdese also calls on the ICRC and international community to put pressure on Israel to stop the violations and take the necessary measures to protect the Palestinian prisoners, and to support their demands through their hunger strike that is ongoing since the 17th of April.

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