[Pnews] Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails Threaten Protest Steps against Solitary Confinement
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Thu Jan 21 10:26:23 EST 2016
*Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails Threaten Protest Steps against
RAMALLAH, January 18, 2016 (WAFA) – Six Palestinian political prisoners
in Israeli jails who have been held in solitary confinement have
threatened to consider a set of measures in protest of their isolation,
according to the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs (CPA).
CPA attorney Sherine Iraqi told WAFA that the six isolated prisoners,
Fares Saadi, Hassan Abu Khaizaran, Alex Mans, Majed Jumaa, Hussam Omar,
and Mohammad Abu Rabeeaa, threatened to go on a hunger strike in protest
of their unjustified solitary confinement.
The six prisoners told Iraqi, who was recently allowed to visit them,
that after Israel reneged on its agreement in 2012 to end solitary
confinement of Palestinian political prisoners, the prisoners are
seriously mulling the possibility to embark on various protesting
measures, including going on a hunger strike.
The six prisoners are also deprived of their right to family visitation,
in addition to other humanitarian rights.
According to prisoners' rights group, Solitary confinement is one of
several practices enforced routinely inside of Israeli prisons, in
addition to torture, forcible transfers, and medical negligence.
Adalah, a Haifa-based human rights group, says that “solitary
confinement of Palestinian political prisoners who are classified as
“security prisoners” is doubly harsh because of the restrictions imposed
on their contacts outside of prison, even when they are not held in
Addameer <http://www.addameer.org/key_issues/isolation> noted that,
“Although rules exist under Israeli and international law to closely
govern the use of solitary confinement and isolation, both measures are
often used impermissibly and at great cost to Palestinian prisoners and
“All types of solitary confinement in prison should end, given its
severe impact on the physical and psychological health of prisoners,”
“Solitary confinement constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment
and punishment and thus violates the International Covenant Against
Torture (CAT) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights (ICCPR). The Israel Medical Association and Ministry of Health
should strongly oppose its use as a method of imprisonment.”
Detainees in solitary confinement are held in an empty cell containing
only a mattress and a blanket, and rely on the Israeli Prison Service to
address all other needs.
“Other than their clothes, they are not allowed to take anything with
them into solitary confinement, including reading materials, a
television or radio set. The detainee or prisoner is held in their
solitary confinement cell, which does not contain a toilet, 24 hours a
day. When the detainee or prisoner wishes to use the toilet he or she
must call out for a guard and wait until one agrees to take the prisoner
out,” said Addameer.
To be noted, “The UN Committee Against Torture has sharply criticized
the prolonged solitary confinement of prisoners, regarding it as an act
of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment (CIDT) that
constitutes a violation of Article 11 of the CAT, which requires States
parties to ensure systemic review of conditions of incarceration,18 and
of Article 16, which obliges states to protect prisoners under their
jurisdiction from CIDT.”
“The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has also stated that prolonged
solitary confinement constituted a violation of Article 5(2) of the
American Covenant on Human Rights, which prohibits torture and the
inhuman treatment or cruel punishment of prisoners,” stated Adalah
To be noted, there are 15 Palestinian prisoners currently held in
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