Pax Christi International has issued a statement in which it, together with its member organisations and partners, has expressed deep concern about the situation of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons—especially those who have been on a hunger strike for one month and whose situation is deteriorating. The statement observes that the health of the prisoners “is in danger and they are being subjected to violent and coercive measures and policies by the Israeli Prison Service and special units, attempting to push the prisoners to end their hunger strike”.
Pax Christi affirmed that “the prisoners who are on a hunger strike are engaged in a legitimate, nonviolent action to demand their basic rights, including an end to torture and ill-treatment, the use of administrative detention, unfair trials, the detention of children, demeaning detention conditions including sleep and food deprivation, insufficient medical care, solitary confinement and the denial of the right to education”. Pax Christi endorses their requests as being “just and in line with international law as humanitarian and human rights standards protecting prisoners”.
Pax Christi International welcomes the recent statement of the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories (5), in which he calls on Israel to comply with international law on detention.
The hunger strike of the prisoners once again draws attention to basic human rights violations against the background of 50 years of harsh occupation.
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