[Pnews] PHR-Israel, Ad-Dameer, Call For Immediate Release Of Khader Adnan

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Fri Jun 26 11:04:37 EDT 2015

  PHR-Israel, Ad-Dameer, Call For Immediate Release Of Khader Adnan

author Friday June 26, 2015 00:27author by Press Release

    The Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and
    Physicians for Human Rights – Israel call for Khader Adnan’s
    immediate release as he enters a life-threatening condition after 51
    days of hunger strike.

Administrative detainee Khader Adnan has been on a hunger strike for 51 
days. He told Adv. Samer Simaan, a lawyer for Addameer and Physicians 
for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel), who visited him in Assaf Harofeh 
hospital on June 23, 2015, that he was determined to continue his hunger 
strike until he was released.

He continues to refuse vitamins, minerals and medical examinations and 
his health keeps detriorating. He told Adv. Simaan that he constantly 
vomited and had serious difficulties drinking and swallowing water, 
which endangers him further.

According to the World Medical Association, after 42 days of such a 
hunger strike, it is expected that the hunger striker will suffer from 
loss of hearing and blindness.

The body also shuts down progressively, causing extreme bradycardia, 
Cheyne-Stokes respiration and diminished metabolic activity. Eventually, 
death can occur from cardiovascular collapse and/or severe arrhythmias.

Adnan is shackled to hospital bed at all times, which constitutes a 
violation of medical ethics, and is also constantly under surveillance 
by guards and life-monitoring cameras.

He is also denied visits and all contact with his family. On June 23, 
2015, PHR-Israel addressed a demand to the Israel Prison Service (IPS) 
to remove his restraints without delay.

It was argued, among other things, that, in light of his medical 
condition, “his ability to constitute any kind of ‘danger’ to anyone was 
negligible”. A court appeal will be considered by both organizations if 
the shackles are not removed during the coming days.

Adnan was among thousands of Palestinians who were arrested as a form of 
collective punishment during the war on Gaza in 2014.

He has been held under administrative detention since July 2014 without 
charges or trial. There are currently 414 Palestinians in administrative 
detention, all of whom are held under secret evidence.

Adnan has been under constant political persecution by the Israeli 
authorities. He has been arrested nine times, and has spent over six 
years in prison, mainly in administrative detention.

For this reason, he has undertaken several hunger strikes, the most 
recent of which took place in December 2011 and lasted 66 days. He was 
on the brink of death before reaching an agreement for his release with 
the Israeli authorities.

The following mass hunger strike of 2012 ended after an agreement was 
reached between prisoner representatives and the IPS, according to which 
Israel would limit the use of administrative detention to ‘exceptional 
circumstances’ only, as is required under international law. It is quite 
clear that Israel has since reneged on the agreement.

Addameer and PHR-Israel call upon Israel to release Khader Adnan. 
Meanwhile, his family should be allowed to visit him, and his shackles 
should be removed.

For further details, please contact: andrea at phr.org.il or randa at addameer.ps
Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 
863.9977 www.freedomarchives.org
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