International Conference Adopts Campaign to Free Prisoners

RAMALLAH, April 28, 2013 (WAFA) – The “Freedom and Dignity” International conference Sunday adopted the launch of an international campaign to free Fatah leader and lawmaker Marwan Barghouti and all prisoners in Israeli jails, said a press release on Sunday.

The Free Barghouti campaign said that Member of the African National Congress (ANC), Ahmed Kathrada recommended the launch of this campaign which is similar to a previous campaign to free President of South Africa Nelson Mandela.

The participants in the conference suggested on the current and former presidents of the Palestine committees’ in the parliaments of their countries to form a Parliamentary network that adopts the prisoners’ freedom as a priority.

Presidents and former Presidents of the Palestine committees in the European Parliament, France, Argentina, Britain, Sweden and Chile signed the recommendations.

The recommendations of the conference also included agreeing with the International Federation for Human Rights and the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) to launch a legal campaign to defend the rights of prisoners and to compel Israel to international laws and conventions.

The participants, according to the press release, affirmed the importance to work on all official, parliamentarian, legal and solidarity movements’ levels to increase pressure on Israel to abide by the international law.

They said that the Palestinian people and prisoners’ dignity and freedom is a basic condition to achieve peace in the region.

The two-day Freedom and Dignity conference was held in Ramallah to mark 11 years since the arrest of Barghouti and was attended by a large number of international figures.

Source: WAFA News