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OIC: Israel's practices against Palestinian prisoners flagrant violation of int'l law   

Kuwait News Agency - 19 May, 2017

The Permanent Representatives Committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Member States, has lashed out at the Israeli action and policies against the Palestinians in Israeli prisons.

In a final statement following its meeting in Jeddah on Thursday, the committee reiterated that the "practices and policies pursued by Israel against the Palestinian prisoners represent a flagrant violation of International Humanitarian law, the Human Rights Charter, the standard elementary regulations of prisoner treatment and other relevant international conventions." The meeting debated the issue of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in the Israeli occupation jails, at a request from Palestine.

The OIC expressed its "profound concern over the plight of more than one thousand Palestinian detainees and prisoners, led by imprisoned Palestinian leader and parliamentarian Marwan Barghouthi, who have begun an open-ended hunger strike on 17 April 2017." In addition, the organization voiced solidarity with this peaceful, non-violent action, called the "Freedom and Dignity Strike", by the detainees and prisoners in protest of their inhumane treatment by Israel, the occupying power, and calls for respect of their rights in accordance with international humanitarian law and human rights law.

In the meantime, it reiterated its "grave concern" that there are more than 6,500 Palestinian civilians, including 300 children and 65 women, currently imprisoned by Israel, among them nearly 500 held in administrative detention without charge.

These prisoners are being held under harsh, inhumane conditions and being subjected to physical and mental ill-treatment, including torture, severe interrogations, intimidation and solitary confinement, and denied access to proper medical care and family visits, the statement read.

The OIC reaffirmed its call for proper international access to Palestinian detainees and prisoners and the inspection of their conditions, stressing that Israel, the occupying power, must be held fully accountable for their well-being, including those on hunger strike.

It also stressed continued support for the cause of Palestinian detainees and prisoners "International Campaign for the Freedom of Marwan Barghouti and all the Palestinian Prisoners."
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