[Pnews] Palestinian Political Prisoner Khader Adnan: 45 Days on Hunger Strike - Refuses to undergo medical tests while chained

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Fri Jun 19 11:46:40 EDT 2015

  Khader Adnan: 45 Days on Hunger Strike

author Friday June 19, 2015 02:30author by IMEMC News & Agencies

Refuses to undergo medical tests while chained

    The family of 37-year-old detainee Khader Adnan, who has been on
    hunger strike for the 45 days in a row, recently stated that Adnan
    refused to undergo medical tests by Physicians for Human Rights
    (PHR) delegation, because of administrative restrictions that
    Adnan’s hands and feet are chained to his bed for 24 hours, during
    the tests.

According to the PNN, the family statement said that Khader refused to 
undergo the examinations in chains, since it contradicts the 
international law which guarantees the ease and freedom such 
associations must obtain during similar activities.

The message from Adnan’s refusal, read the statement, was that if Israel 
strips associations such as PHR and the Red Cross from their powers, any 
delegation will have no function but being a “make up layer” on the face 
of the Israeli Prison Service (IPS).

The family demanded international human rights organizations, including 
PHR, Red Cross and Amnesty to play their role in retaining the rights of 
prisoners and pressuring Israeli authorities to treat them humanely and 
remove the chains from his hands and feet.

They added that no visits from any firms will be accepted unless it was 
fully legal and binding to human rights conventions.

After Adnan’s hunger strike entered its 2nd month, two weeks ago, his 
condition became critical and he began experiencing intermittent comas, 
a sharp decrease in his weight and a drop in his heart rate.

Sheikh Adnan was kidnapped on July 8, 2014, and has since been held 
under Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial. He went 
on hunger strike for a week in January of this year after Israel renewed 
his administrative detention orders for the third consecutive time.

The strike comes in protest of this administrative detention, under 
which detainees are held indefinitely without charge or trial, as Israel 
has detained thousands of Palestinians over the years, by this procedure 
and for periods ranging from several months to several years. The 
highest number of administrative detainees was during the first Intifada 
in 1989, when the number reached 2,000 prisoners.

Two years ago, Adnan held a 66-day hunger strike, also protesting his 
administrative detention, and only ended his strike after Israel agreed 
to release him in 2012.

During the second Intifada and in April of 2002, the number of detainees 
under administrative detention orders decreased gradually until 2014, 
when Israel stepped up its administrative arrests. The number of 
detainees under these orders now totals 480.
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