Palestinian prisoner in danger: day 205 of hunger strike
13 February 2013
The Life of Palestinian Prisoner in Israeli Jail, Samer Al Essawi, is in Immenant Danger on Day 205 of Hunger Strike
The General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific (GDOP) would like to convey its grave concern regarding the plight of Palestinian prisoners and detainees being held captive by Israel, the occupying power, particularly the plight of several prisoners on long-term hunger strike in protest of their unlawful detention.
GDOP appeals to the Government of New Zealand to use the necessary efforts and to exert pressure to compel the occupying power to act humanely and incompliance with the fourth Geneva Convention towards the hunger striking prisoners and to release them and all other Palestinians being unlawfully and arbitrarily detained.
In this regard, GDOP draws the attention of the New Zealand Government to the critical condition of the following prisoners whose lives are in imminent danger due to the hunger strikes they have taken in peaceful, nonviolent protest of their captivity and due to the occupying power’s callous disregard for their rights and their lives: Samer Issawi, who has been on hunger strike for 205 days and who faces death if there is no intervention to save his life; Ayman Sharawna, who has been on hunger strike for 140 days; Tareq Qedan, who has been on hunger strike for 78 days; and Jafar Ezzedine, who has been on hunger strike also for 78 days.
GDOP appeals for action to save these men’s lives and to compel Israel to cease its practice of arbitrary detention and imprisonment of Palestinian civilians, including children, and its egregious physical and psychological mistreatment of the thousands of Palestinians in its captivity.