EU’s Ashton ‘following with concern’ issue of striking prisoners

BRUSSELS, February 16, 2013 (WAFA) – European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton Saturday said she was “following with concern” reports about the health situation of four Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who have been on a long hunger strike.

A statement issued by Ashton’s office said “the High Representative is following with concern reports about the deteriorating health condition of Ayman Sharawna, Samer Issawi, Jafar Ezzedin and Tareq Qa’adan, Palestinians in Israeli detention who have been on an extended hunger strike.”

Ashton called on the government of Israel for the “full respect of international human rights obligations towards all Palestinian detainees and prisoners” demanding at the same time from Israel “to allow for the immediate restoration of their family visiting rights.”

The High Representative reiterated “the EU’s longstanding concern about the extensive use by Israel of administrative detention orders,” which currently apply to Jafar Ezzedin and Tareq Qa’adan.

“Under international law, detainees have the right to be informed about the reasons underlying any detention and to have the legality of their detention determined without undue delay,” said the statement. “The EU calls upon Israel to bring formal charges against any individuals detained, with a view to bringing them to a fair trial without undue delay,” it concluded.

Source: WAFA News