[Pnews] PHROC Calls the International Community & ICRC for an Urgent Intervention to Protect Palestinian Prisoners and Detainees Amid COVID-19 Exposure Concerns

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PHROC
Calls the International Community & ICRC for an Urgent Intervention to
Protect Palestinian Prisoners and Detainees Amid COVID-19 Exposure Concerns
March 24, 2020
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Today, 23 March 2020, the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council
(PHROC) sent two letters, one to the International Committee of the Red
Cross and another to the diplomatic community in Palestine. The letters
were urgent appeals address to them with regard to the rapidly
deteriorating conditions of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israeli
jails in light of the continuing spread of the novel coronavirus disease
(COVID-19). Palestinian human rights organizations urgently requested their
intervention in pursing the needed communication to ensure the health and
safety of Palestinian prisoners held captive, particularly as many are
minors, chronically ill, vulnerable populations, or held under
administrative detention, in contravention of international law.

Addameer association was informed last week that a Palestinian detainee
under interrogation may have been exposed to COVID-19 transmitted by
contact with an Israeli Security Agency interrogator who tested positive
for the coronavirus. The detainee and several others have now been placed
in quarantine; yet their conditions are unknown to us.

Our growing concern for Palestinian prisoners and detainees during the
ongoing COVID-19 pandemic grows out of the systematic and routine medical
negligence inside Israeli detention and interrogation centers. In 2019, a
total of five Palestinian prisoners died, three of them as a result of
deliberate medical negligence, while hundreds suffer from chronic diseases
that go untreated. Furthermore, the dismal conditions, including
overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, and poor nutrition, make the prisons
dangerous breeding grounds for COVID-19.

The letters’ main demand was to ensure the safety of Palestinian detainees
and prisoners, the letters also included a call to demand their release to
ensure their safety from the rapidly spreading pandemic, particularly those
who are more susceptible to the disease, such as children, elderly, the
sick, and injured.

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*Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council comprising:*

[image: Adameer]
<http://www.alhaq.org/images/stories/Images/2012/Adameer.png>

*Addameer Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights Association*
Sahar Francis
General Director

[image: aaldameer]
<http://www.alhaq.org/images/stories/Images/2012/aaldameer.png>

*Aldameer Association for Human Rights*
Hala Jaber
General Director

[image: Al-Haq-Small]

*Al-Haq*
Shawan Jabarin
General Director

[image: Mezan] <http://www.alhaq.org/images/stories/Images/2012/Mezan.jpg>

*Al Mezan Center for Human Rights*
Issam Younis
General Director

[image: pchr-gaza-logo]

*The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights*
Raji Sourani
General Director

[image: DCI]


*Defence for Children International Palestine Section*
Khaled Quzmar
General Director

[image: RCHRS logo.png]

*Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies*
Suhaib Sharif
General Director

[image: Hurryyat]
<http://www.alhaq.org/images/stories/Images/2012/Hurryyat.png>

*Hurryyat - Centre for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights*
Helmi Al-Araj
General Director

[image: JLAC] <http://www.alhaq.org/images/stories/Images/2012/JLAC.jpg>

*Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights*
Issam Aruri
General Director

*Muatin Institute for Democracy and Human Rights*

Mudar Qasis

General Director
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