OSLO, (PIC)– UFree Network to defend the rights of Palestinian prisoners stressed the fairness of the issue of prisoners, criminalized the international silence regarding the Israeli practices against them, and called on the international community to confront the Israeli violations.
UFree said in its statement on the 39th anniversary of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, that the Palestinian prisoners will remain a distinguishing mark in the international human rights path, adding that the continued Israeli violations against the prisoners put the UN conventions on Human Rights to the test.
The network hailed the Palestinian prisoners’ high spirits despite the international unjustified silence and inaction regarding their issue.
The Oslo based network pointed to the usurped rights of Palestinian prisoners, led by prisoner Karim Younis who has served 31 years in occupation jails, and the Palestinian female prisoners’ dean Lena Jerboni, detained since 2002, in addition to 5000 other Palestinian prisoners held in poor condition in Israeli jails.
The network appreciated the prisoners’ hunger strike as a weapon to restore their rights, pointing to the Jerusalemite hunger striker Samer al-Issawi, who may die at any moment in light of the Israeli procrastination to meet his demands.
This year’s anniversary of Palestinian Prisoners’ Day is taking place in light of martyrdom of three Palestinian captives in custody: Ashraf Abu Dhra’a, Arafat Jaradat, and Maysara Abu Hamdiya, the network added, considering their martyrdom a proof of Israeli abuses against prisoners.
Nearly 230 children under the age of 18 are still detained in Israeli prisons where they are subjected to different forms of torture, the statement said.
UFree called on the Israeli occupation to unconditionally release all prisoners and detainees, and urged the United Nations to take a clear stance regarding the issue of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. It also called on the PA and the Arab League to include the prisoners’ issue within any negotiation.
The network concluded its statement by stressing that it will continue the campaigns in support of the Palestinian prisoners throughout April. It stressed on its intensified efforts to include most of the European countries, and declared its participation on the Palestinians in Europe Conference in Brussels in May.
It is scheduled that the Palestinians in Europe Conference will be accompanied by a petition signed by European MPs calling on the occupation to stop its violations against the prisoners.
(Source / 18.04.2013)