[Pnews] 7 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike against administrative detention

Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Mon Jul 8 11:49:09 EDT 2019


  Seven prisoners on hunger strike continue their battle against
  administrative detention, three of them reach the end of their first
  week on strike

July 8, 2019

*On Sunday 7 July 2019, Addameer’s lawyer was able to visit the 
prisoners Huthaifa Halabia, Mustafa Hassanat and Mohammed Abu Akkar in 
the occupation prison in the Naqab prison. Today, the three prisoners 
are ending their first week of hunger strike in protest of the policy of 
adminstrative detention and demanding their release. Addameer’s lawyer 
reported that three prisoners have only been drinking water, without 
salt or any othersupplements? since the beginning of their strike on 1 
July. They also suffer from pain in the joints, stomach, head and 
general emaciation and weight loss in their bodies. They have not been 
medically examined yet and they have the intention of boycotting the 
prison clinics. *

*Repressive Measures *

*In addition, since the beginning of their hunger strike, the prison 
administration has subjected the three prisoners to repressive measures 
in order to discourage them from continuing their strike. Addameer’s 
lawyer stated that after starting their hunger strike, the prisoners 
were transferred to solitary confinement cells that lack the most basic 
elements to support human life. They were deprived of visits and the 
canteen for a month and subjected to raids and inspections of their 
cells five times in one day. The prison administration also confiscated 
the striking prisoners’ mattresses daily from 6 in the morning to 7 at 
night. At this moment, Addameer’s lawyer has not received any response 
to negotiate between the three hunger strikers and the prison 
administration. It should be noted that Mustafa Hasanat has been 
boycotting military courts, since before his hunger strike.*

*Currently there are seven prisoners on hunger strike against 
administrative detention, including Jafar Ezeddin and Ihsan Othman who 
have been on hunger strike the longest, since 16 June, as well as Ahmad 
Zahran who has been on hunger strike since 20 June. Five prisoners, 
Mahmoud Fasfoos, Kayed Fasfoos, Abdelaziz Suweiti, Ghadnafar Atwan, and 
Saed Namoureh, suspended their hunger strike last Thursday, 4 July, 
after reaching agreements with the prison administration to stop the 
renewal of their administrative detention. *

*Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association affirms its full 
support for the striking prisoner’s demands and holds the occupying 
state fully accountable to the life and the safety of the prisoners on 
hunger strike as well as to the health conditions resulting from their 
delayed response to the strikers demands. Addameer emphasizes that the 
policy of administrative detention is used against Palestinians as a 
form of repression and collective punishment that violates all 
international norms and may amount to war crime. It is in this context 
that Addameer demands that the international community and all the state 
parties to the Fourth Geneva Conventions intervene and put pressure on 
the occupying state to stop its violations against the striking 
prisoners and their rights, stop the policy of arbitrary detention, 
release all adminstrative detainees and guarantee the rights of 
Palestinian prisoners under international law. *

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