- Published on Thursday, 13 September 2012 12:49
On Thursday 13th September, Minister of Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs, Issa Qaraqe, sent a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling him to immediately intervene to save the lives of the striking prisoners who are now at immediate risk of death due to serious deterioration in their health condition.
Qaraqe also said that crime against humanity and human rights is practiced in Israeli jails against the striking prisoners; Hassan al-Safadi, Samir al-Barq, Ayman Sharawna, and Samir al-Issawi.
Qaraqe said in the letter: We as Palestinian people, ask you as the sponsor of the largest international and human rights organization in the world to intervene to stop a humanitarian tragedy and catastrophe which may occur against the strikers who are exposed to the neglect and disregard of the Israeli government for their legitimate and humanitarian demands, and the need to international and official intervention to compel the Israeli government to release them immediately.
The letter also said that all the principles and UN resolutions have condemned the administrative detention and described it as a violation of the international and human rights laws. The arrest without a trial is considered an illegal, but Israeli government and its security services is still neglecting those principles, which called for a private session for the UN General Assembly to held and seek the deteriorated conditions of the prisoners, especially the striker prisoners and call on Israel to release them and cease its policy that violates the international laws and conventions.
The letter included that the striking prisoners Hassan al-Safadi who has been on hunger strike since 21/6/2012 and Samir al-Barq since 22/5/2012 and Samir al-Issawi who has been on hunger strike since 1/8/2012, are in very serious health condition and are at risk of death.
Qaraqe Continued that It's time to take the international society seriously and compel Israel to respect the humanitarian and political rights of prisoners and to treat them as war prisoners according to the third and fourth Geneva agreements and to put an end for its military laws and brutal procedures in dealing with prisoners.
On Thursday 13th September, The prisoners have executed a one- day strike in solidarity with the old prisoners and as protest against the raids by the prisons' administration to the prisons' cells and attacks on prisoners.
Qaraqe concluded in his letter that prisoners called on our nation, not to give the occupation a chance to take advantage of what's happening in the Palestinian territories and to protest against the Occupation.