Palestinian hungersrikers are being grossly mistreated by Israeli prison officers according to their lawyer. The men are under administrative detention, where detainees, usually Palestinian militants, are held without trial to avoid revealing sensitive security information.
Samer Al-Barq has been on hunger strike for 80 days and Hassan Safadi for 50 days. Both men are in a very poor state of heath and risk death according to their doctor from Physicians for Human Rights-Israel.
The men are sharing a 1.5 by 1.8 metre cell with no windows or ventilation as well as one wheelchair, which they need to go to the toilet and shower.
Al-Barq was beaten on the legs when he told prison guards he couldn’t walk and Safadi says that his cell is regularly raided and he is then insulted and beaten.
Because of Ramadan the men only drink water after sunset and they are refusing vitamin and mineral supplements in protest against the recent abuse against them.
We the undersigned are horrified to read about the suffering of the Palestinian administrative detainees, Samer Al-Barq and Hassan Safadi.
According to their lawyer Fares Ziad, the men have been severely mistreated by the prison authorities. Furthermore, their doctor, a member of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, said the men’s heath is in a critical state and they are at risk of dying if they are not given better care.
The men are both on hunger strike, in protest against the renewal of their detention and the abuse they have received whilst in detention. According to Amnesty International, “these practices contravene Israel’s international human rights obligations.” In addition, they claim that detention should not be renewed unless new intelligence information is presented.
We are calling on the Palestinian government to uphold the human rights of these men and release them immediately.
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