Minister: Prisoners conference to address post-UN status

BETHLEHEM, December 8, 2012 (Ma’an) After Palestine was recognized as a non-member state at the United Nations on November 29, an international conference on Palestinians jailed in Israel is to take place in Iraq during next week.

The conference will be held under the patronage of the Arab League and it will address the legal status of Palestinian prisoners. According to the prisoners group Addameer, today around 4,660 Palestinians are jailed by Israel. The conference will include personal testimonies and documentary screenings.

Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoners Affairs Issa Qaraqe said Saturday that the two-day summit in Baghdad, which will start this Tuesday, will focus on the impact of the status change and the “mechanism to take advantage of this new status to protect prisoners’ rights”.

Source: Ma’an News