EU Concerned Over Health of Palestinian Striking Prisoners

RAMALLAH, May 8, 2012 (WAFA) – The European Union missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah Tuesday said in a statement they are concerned about the deteriorating health condition of the Palestinians held in administrative detention in Israel who have been on hunger strike for more than two months.

The EU missions called on the Israeli government to make available all necessary medical assistance and to allow family visits as a matter of urgency.

EU reiterated its longstanding position on the use by Israel of administrative detention without charge, stressing that “detainees have the right to be informed of the reasons for their detention and be subject to a fair trial without undue delay.”

The statement stressed that the EU is following closely the on-going hunger strike by several hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, and called for the full respect of international human rights obligations towards all prisoners.

Palestinian prisoners Bilal Diab and Tha’er Halahleh have been on an open-ended hunger strike for 71 days protesting their arrest without charge or trial. More than 1,500 other prisoners went on a mass hunger strike on April 17 demanding better living conditions and halt of administrative detention.

source: WAFA News