Prisoners : "Hadarim"
bans Al-Maqdese lawyer
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