News & Activites 31 March 2016
Amman, Jordan- Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) General Director Dr. Ammar Dweik met today with Mr. Michael Lynk , UN Special Rapporteur on the state of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967. On the agenda of the meeting were the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike, the right of besieged Gaza Strip patients to get health treatment as well as the current state of human rights in the Palestinian territories. In the meeting, Dr. Dweik highlighted the real risks the Palestinian people are subjected to due to the apartheid policy and measures which the Israeli occupation is practicing on daily basis: extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions, daily arrests, house demolitions, homelessness of families, children and women, confiscation of Palestinian lands to build Jewish settlements, carving up of the West bank towns and villages into separate cantons and the separation Wall. He called on the UN to adopt a clear cut stance concerning this racist policy and work to enforce the international community resolutions pertinent to the Palestinian cause.
In addition, Dr. Dweik discussed the conditions of the hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, which began on April 17, 2017, and the Israel Prison Authority’s attempts to foil it, using illegal methods including threats of force feeding, harassment, incarceration, solitary confinement and incitement against the hunger strike leadership. Dr. Dweik and Mr. Lynk also dwelt on the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip and its long-term effects on all mundane aspects of life. Dr. Dweik stressed the importance of ending the siege and enabling the patients to get access to health treatment abroad in the light of the continuation of closure of Rafah border crossing with Egypt.
The ICRH director also recapitulated the Israeli occupation abuses practiced against cancer patients, including women and children. One of these abuses is denying them permits to get health treatment in Jerusalem and West Bank hospitals or delaying issuance of these permits. This is in addition to absence of emotional, social, and psychological support, thus leading to the worsening of their health conditions.
The ICHR general director and the UN independent expert addressed also the legal status of the 50-year old occupation and the mechanism of accountability which the international law offers to the Palestinians. It’s worth mentioning that the Israeli occupation authorities prevent the UN Special Rapporteur from entering the occupied Palestinian territories, compelling him to hold his meetings in the Jordanian capital.
May 15, 2017