June 10,2014

UFree Network condemns the local and international negative position towards administrative detainees hunger strike

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In light of the continued local and international silence, UFree Network condemned the Palestinian official and international negative position towards the historical longest collective hunger strike which was declared on the 24th April 2014.

Palestinian administrative detainees declared an open-ended hunger strike for 48 days in a row protesting their illegal detention for long periods without charge or trial demanding an end to the “Administrative Detention” policy and an end to the Israeli human rights violations, including torture, abuse, overcrowding, solitary confinement and a systematic policy of deliberate medical negligence.

Palestinian official position did not live up to hunger strikers' demands despite the large Palestinian popular support. However, Israeli prison administration still refuses to negotiate with the strikers despite their significant health deterioration where they are continuously subjected to force-feeding for fear of international criticism.

The UN Secretary-General has called recently for the release of administrative detainees and for putting an end to such policy; moreover, UFree Network called for more firm positions and international pressures to put an end to administrative detention policy permanently.

Although international law restricts the use of administrative detention, Israel is using it regularly in violation to Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, state prisoners should have a fair trial. 

Since the first round of the strike, UFree Network launched an international campaign calling for an end to Israeli “Administrative Detention” policy which leaves hundreds of Palestinian political detainees held inside Israeli jails without charge or trial.

UFree Chairman, Mohammad Hamdan, expressed his total support to Palestinian administrative detainees’ hunger strike and called on the European Parliament and European member states to pressure Israel to meet their legitimate demands topped by ending administrative detention policy.


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