The ICHR launches a regional and international campaign to advocate & support the cause of captives who have gone on hunger strike

Ramallah - The Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) launched a regional and international campaign to advocate the just cause of the captives and to mobilize support and advocacy for the cause at the international level, in order to advocate and help the captives of freedom detained in the occupation prisons who have gone on hunger strike demanding their human rights which were established by all international charters and conventions on captives.

At the international level, the ICHR addressed Mr. Michael Lynk, the Special Rapporteur on the state of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967, asking him to follow up the case of the captives who have gone on hunger strike due to their serious situation, the continuous oppression by Israel, and the violation of their rights and human dignity, and to seriously make efforts to protect their endangered lives in view of the deteriorating health of dozens of them.

ICHR resorted to the special procedures in the United Nations by addressing the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the Expert concerned with human rights and international solidarity, the Special Rapporteur for torture, the Special Rapporteur for the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Special Rapporteur against torture, and the Special Rapporteur for the promotion of the right to health.

The ICHR is preparing a special complaint to be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council on the Israeli arbitrary actions against the Palestinian captives who have been on hunger strike. Further, the ICHR will address the world national agencies in all countries worldwide, which amount to over one hundred national human rights agency and institution, demanding them to practice serious pressures on their governments to face their ethical and legal responsibility and take concrete steps to pressure the occupation state to ensure the rights of the captives and detainees in their lawful struggle, to ensure their rights which were established by the international agreements concerning the captives, and to stop the arbitrary policies practiced against them by Israel.

On the regional level, the ICHR addressed the Arab League, the national human rights agencies, institutions, and centres in the Arab region in Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain, Qatar, Arab Republic of Egypt, Republic of Tunisia, and Republic of Sudan.

The ICHR submitted urgent messages on the Palestinian captives and their open hunger strike to the Arab diplomatic missions in Palestine urging them to mobilize advocacy and pressure to advocate the cause of the captives and their rights on various official and popular levels.

More than 1500 captives in many prisons continue their open hunger strike which was started on April 17 amid oppressive procedures by the Israeli Prison Service which started from the first minute of strike by putting the leaders of captives in solitary confinement in small and dark cells. Further, it prevented the lawyers from visiting the captives amidst concerns on their health, especially the patients, and amid the absence of any information or communication with them.

The Israeli Prison Service is intentionally transferring the captives between the prisons and solitary confinements, inspecting the sections and cells by the police dogs, and depriving the captives from going out in the yard, and seizing all their belongings and cloth to pressure them into breaking their strike.