[Pnews] Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails Threaten Protest Steps against Solitary Confinement

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*Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails Threaten Protest Steps against 
Solitary Confinement*
*http://english.wafa.ps/page.aspx?id=nsG6gxa29925017826ansG6gx*

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 
isolation.”

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 
detainees.”

“All types of solitary confinement in prison should end, given its 
severe impact on the physical and psychological health of prisoners,” 
Adalah adds.

“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 
<http://www.adalah.org/uploads/oldfiles/upfiles/2011/Solitary_confinement_position_paper_English.pdf>.

To be noted, there are 15 Palestinian prisoners currently held in 
solitary confinement

M.N./T.R.

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