The Council of Human Rights Organizations and the Independent Commission organize a meeting for the families of the striking captives with r

Ramallah - The mothers and families of a number of the political captives on hunger strike in the prisons of the occupation voiced out today their deep concern over the lives and health of their sons who are on hunger strike for the seventeenth day in a row.  The event took place in front of a number of ambassadors, consuls and representatives of countries accredited to the State of Palestine.

This event came during a special meeting organized by the Council of Palestinian Human Rights Organizations and the Independent Commission for Human Rights (the Board of Grievances) for the representatives of Arab and foreign countries to highlight the conditions of Palestinian detainees, especially those who are engaged in open hunger strike.

"I want my son, Alaa, to come back to me and to his family, I do not want him to go to a coffin," said the mother of captive Alaa Fuqaha.  She explained her suffering and anxiety over her dear one who is on hunger strike.

On her part, the mother of captive Ahmed Jaafar took the responsibility for the life of her son Ahmed to the occupation authorities and to the various countries and organizations that can intervene to support the issue of the hunger strikers, as their issue is a humanitarian demand issue that they should not pay their lives for it.

 The mother of the captive, Ra'fat al-Qarawi, expressed her hopes and spoke of the need for action at the various levels to save the life of Raafat, who suffers from difficult medical conditions, especially in the absence of any official or accurate information about her son's health and conditions of detention.

On the other hand, the sister of captive, Hosam Shahin sentenced to 27 years and spent 14 years thereof, stated that the occupation authorities refuse to allow the family to visit Hosam, and that those authorities also prevent the Red Cross from visit him despite the fact that he was transferred to the hospital because his health has aggravated. In addition, there were many testimonies that highlighted the suffering of the captives and their families.

On his part, Dr. Ammar Dweik highlighted the importance of meeting with ambassadors and representatives of Arab and foreign countries.  He asked them to convey the messages of the families of the captives to their governments and parliaments to stand up to their moral and legal responsibilities and to take concrete steps to exert pressure on the occupying state to ensure the protection of captives and detainees in their legitimate struggle, and ensure their rights guaranteed by international conventions on captives and to stop the Israeli arbitrary policies against them.

 Mr. Sha'wan Jabareen, representative of the Council of Human Rights Organizations, explained the latest developments regarding the captives' strike based on the statements and testimonies of their families.  He called for immediate and serious action to save the lives of the captives at risk.

The Council of Organizations and the Independent Commission stressed that the demands of the captives are humanitarian and legal in accordance with International Humanitarian Law. They call on foreign ambassadors to issue their clear positions on the issue of captives and Israel's violations against the International Humanitarian Law and to exert pressures on the occupying state to respond to the demands of hunger strikers.

The Council and Commission also called on the ambassadors and representatives of countries to visit the captives and detainees, especially hunger strikers, to examine the conditions of their detention and to observe the inhuman treatment they are subjected to in Israeli jails.

At the end of the meeting, the ambassadors and representatives of countries were handed over an official letter addressed to the foreign ministries in their countries, including an explanation of the conditions of the hunger strikers and the inhumane nature of the treatment they are being subjected to as well as the official demands of the government to place pressure on the occupying state to respect the will of the hunger strikers who use their bodies as a legitimate means to protest.


Date: 03/05/2017