Dweik confers with UN Special Rapporteur Mr. Michael Lynk on hunger -striking Palestinian prisoners, right to health and movement of b

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