- Published on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 15:22
Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Qaraqe, called on the European Union, especially France, to support the initiatives made by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to release the prisoners who were detained before Oslo's conventions, as well as the sick Palestinian prisoners, leaders and deputies and on top of them Marwan al-Barghouti and Ahmad Saadat.
He praised the French endeavors in supporting the case of the Palestinian prisoners especially the prisoners' last hunger strike and efforts made to put pressure on Israel to respond to the prisoners' human rights.
Qaraqe said these statements during his meeting with the French ambassador in the headquarters of the prisoners' ministry in Ramallah. The ambassador said that Israel must implement the human rights and the international laws on prisoners, cease the administrative detention and execute the prisoners' agreement to improve their living conditions inside Israeli jails.
Qaraqe explained to the French ambassador about the bad conditions in the jails, concentrating on the sick detainees in al-Ramlah hospital who are at risk of death because of the Israeli deliberate policy of medical neglect.
Qaraqe called on the French ambassador to put pressure on Israeli authority to release a number of the detainees, whose health has deteriorated, and Qaraqe handed him a memorandum about the prisoners' conditions and sufferings in Israeli jails, stressing on:
1- The release of all the prisoners who were detained before Oslo's conventions.
2- The release of leaders, deputies and sick prisoners.
3- The cease of the policy of the administrative detention.
4- To put pressure to make Israel commit to its obligations and implement the prisoners' agreement, that states on release of two prisoners in the solitary confinement; Dirar Abu Sisi and Awad al-Sa'edi, and to stop the policy of repression, individual and mass sanctions against prisoners.