Thursday, June 7, 2012

Palestinian National Soccer Player on 81st Day of Hunger Strike

While Thaer Halahleh was released earlier this week after his 77-day hunger strike succeeded in pushing Israel to make a deal with more than 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners who were also on hunger strike, both Mahmoud Sarsak and Akram Rikhawi refused to end their strikes and face imminent threats to their lives.

The Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organizations (PCHRO) and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) released a statement yesterday urging immediate action for both Mahmoud, who is on his 81st day of hunger strike, and Akram, who is on his 57th day.

The PCHRO and PHR-Israel:

  • demand that all hunger strikers in advanced stages are moved immediately to civilian hospitals where they can receive the standard of care necessary;
  • call for immediate intervention for the Israeli Prison Service to provide all hunger strikers with unrestricted access to independent doctors;
  • demand that all hunger strikers are allowed family visits;
  • urge the Member States of the United Nations to urgently put pressure on Israel to end its policy of arbitrary detention and to abide by the standard rules for the treatment of prisoners adopted in 1955, which set out what is generally accepted as being decent principle and practice in the treatment of prisoners.
Amnesty International has also released a new report "Starved of Justice: Palestinians Detained without Trial by Israel" The report calls on Israel to stop using these measures to suppress the legitimate and peaceful activities of Palestinians and urges the immediate and unconditional release prisoners of conscience held just for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

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