Brussels/London – February 14, 2011
The Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR) calls upon European officials from the institutions and national representations to pressure Israel into releasing Khadr Adnan. Today is the 60th day of his hunger strike protest against being extra-judicially detained by Israel.
Khadr Adnan is a 33-year-old baker from Jenin with two children and a wife named Randa. He has been detained nine times by Israel. He is one of over 5,000 Palestinian prisoners, including hundreds of women and children in Israeli jails.
The CEPR is appalled by the systematic imprisonment of Palestinian citizens. These administrative detentions of Palestinians demonstrate Israel's continual disregard for and abuse of international humanitarian and human rights law.
Adnan began his hunger strike following his latest arrest on December 17, 2011, to protest Israeli administrative detention policy and the brutality of the occupation. He was arrested during a night raid in front of his family and has lost 40kg since he began his hunger strike.
Adnan has been tortured and subjected to inhumane treatment, prolonged periods of detention, isolation and unsanitary conditions. In a letter from the prison hospital, he declares:
"I am confronting the occupiers not for my own sake as an individual, but for the sake of thousands of prisoners who are being deprived of their simplest human rights while the world and the international community look on."
The CEPR encourages the European Member States and their civil societies to pressure Israel to free Khadr Adnan or to charge him and thus end his suffering. The CEPR calls on the European External Action Service, EU Member States and national delegations to also pressure Israel to free Khadr Adnan and the other five thousands prisoners.
In all cases, extra-judicial detentions and prolonged imprisonment of civilians such as women and children without access to fair trials is contrary to international humanitarian law that must be respected by all parties to any conflict.
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