AMMAN, September 22, 2014 (WAFA) – Head of the Committee for Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Qaraqie, Monday called for providing international protection to the Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.
The statement came as Qaraqie met with Makarim Wibisono, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the OPT, who along with his team were prevented from entering the West Bank by the Israeli authorities.
Qaraqie called on Wibisono to dispatch a special committee to investigate the deteriorating conditions of the Palestinian prisoners, while also called upon the UN and the international community to uphold their responsibility towards Israel’s continuing violations of international law with regard to these prisoners.
He pointed out to the continuing Israeli violations of child rights, the excessive use of administrative detention, negligence of medical care provided for the prisoners, the collective and individual punishment policies, prevention of family visits, solitary confinement, as well as the repeated raids on the rooms of the Palestinian inmates.
Qaraqie called for opening investigation into cases of assassination of prisoners and the use of prisoners as human shields during the war on Gaza.
Meanwhile, Wibisono said he was ‘disgusted’ to learn of these violations which contradict with the UN resolutions and human rights conventions, stressing that the Palestinian people should be able to enjoy their right to self-determination and the end of occupation.
He said Israel is not entitled to apply its military rules on the Palestinian people and prisoners at the expense of international laws, expressing in the meantime frustration over Israel’s denial of entry of the UN team to the West Bank.