[Pnews] Urgent Appeal to the UN Special Procedures on the Critical Need to Immediately Release Nine-Month Pregnant Palestinian Woman Anhar Al-Deek from Israeli Prison

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addameer.org <https://www.addameer.org/news/4484> PHROC Submits Urgent
Appeal to the UN Special Procedures on the Critical Need to Immediately
Release Nine-Month Pregnant Palestinian Woman Anhar Al-Deek from Israeli


On 2 September 2021, the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council
(PHROC) submitted an urgent appeal to the United Nations Special Procedures *on
the critical need to immediately release nine-month pregnant Palestinian
woman Anhar Al-Deek from Israeli prison.* Currently, Anhar remains
incarcerated in Damon prison as she critically enters her ninth month of
pregnancy, wherein she continues to suffer from inhuman living conditions,
deliberate medical neglect—notably including lacking prenatal
care—deteriorating health conditions, and high-risk pregnancy. More
urgently, she faces the possibility of giving birth via a cesarean section
and raising her newborn in Israeli prisons under conditions amounting to
torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.[1] The
Israeli Prison Services (IPS) has already indicated that Anhar would be
placed in solitary confinement following her delivery, preliminarily
scheduled for 20 September 2021, under the pretext of COVID-19, which will
likely exacerbate the mother’s postpartum trauma and poor health.

*Most recently on 1 September 2021, Ofer Military Court postponed a
decision on the appeal filed for the release of Anhar Al-Deek on bail
through an alternative arrangement. *The postponed hearing, to take place
on 5 September 2021, comes amid her deteriorating health conditions and
impending labor, which may take place prior to the scheduled delivery date.

Moreover, the case of Anhar underlies the exceptional cases of Palestinian
women who have given birth in Israeli prisons subject to inhuman
conditions, deliberate medical neglect, and cruel, inhuman, or degrading
treatment or punishment. *Since 1972, 8 cases of detained pregnant
Palestinian women who have given birth in occupation prisons have been
documented, with the most recent case occurring in 2008.* In each of these
cases, pregnant female detainees, despite their condition, were still also
subjected to the harsh, systematic practices of interrogation, torture, and
ill-treatment by the occupying Power endured by their Palestinian female,
male, and child detainee counterparts.

In light of the severe living conditions, cruel and inhuman treatment, and
lack of appropriate medical care, all of which markedly fail to take into
account the vulnerabilities of Anhar Al-Deek’s condition, and pose a
substantial risk of serious harm as well as the endangerment of the life
and well-being of the mother and newborn child, PHROC urges the relevant UN
Special Procedure mandates to:

   1. Call on the Occupying Power, Israel, to immediately release
   Palestinian women detainee Anhar Al-Deek, ahead of her delivery due date,
   and guarantee her right to liberty and freedom from arbitrary arrest and
   2. Ensure and uphold Palestinian women detainee Anhar Al-Deek’s right to
   the highest attainable standard of health and mental health, as well as the
   right to life;
   3. End its practices of deportation of Palestinian prisoners outside the
   occupied territory, preventing families from visiting those incarcerated
   without charge; and
   4. Call on the international community and all High Contracting Parties
   to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations towards
   protecting human rights and enforcing the implementation of international
   humanitarian law.

Find the full urgent appeal attached above.


[1]  *Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading
Treatment or Punishment*, 10 December 1984, United Nations, Treaty Series,
vol. 1465.
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