Brussels/London – May 9, 2012
CEPR encouraged by initial EU Statements on Palestinian Prisoners
After nearly a month of hunger strike by a growing number of Palestinian prisoners – now over 1,500 – the EU has made a short statement from Jerusalem on May 8 concerning the need for Israel to implement basic human rights in its prisons and treatment of Palestinian detainees:
"The EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah 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 requests the Government of Israel to make available all necessary medical assistance and to allow family visits as a matter of urgency."
"The EU reiterates its longstanding position on the use by Israel of administrative detention without charge. Detainees have the right to be informed of the reasons for their detention and be subject to a fair trial without undue delay."
"The EU is also following closely the on-going hunger strike by several hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, and calls for the full respect of international human rights obligations towards all prisoners."
While welcoming this initial statement by the local EU missions in the Palestinian territories, the CEPR encourages the EEAS led by HRVP Catherine Ashton to also make a bold statement and intervene by different means to pressure Israel to comply with international human rights.
The CEPR would also like to point out that there are now over 1.500 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, as recognized by respected international media such as the Associated Press and local NGOs such as Addameer with numbers growing daily. There are nearly 5.000 Palestinians in Israeli jails.
The CEPR urges European Union politicians and Member State Foreign Ministers to intervene and make more adamant demands on Israel to ensure that it meets and complies with basic international standards in its prisons.
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