Document - Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories: Further information: Detainees end hunger strike, need treatment

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Further information on UA 26/13 Index: MDE 15/006/2013 Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories Date: 26 March 2013

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detainees END HUNGER STRIKE, NEED TREATMENT

Palestinian administrative detainees Ja’far Izz al-Din and Tareq Qa’dan suspended their hunger strikes on 27 February after the Israeli military prosecution stated that their current detention orders would not be renewed. They are currently held in the clinic at Ramleh prison, amid continuing concerns about their health.

The administrative detention orders of Ja’far Izz al-Din and Tareq Qa’dan were extended by three months on 22 February 2013. However, they decided to suspend their hunger strikes on 27 February, after the military prosecution pledged not to renew their detention orders during their judicial review hearing held in Assaf Harofeh hospital as they were too weak to attend the hearing in the military court. A military judge at Ofer Military Court confirmed this decision on 6 March, which means they should be released on 22 May 2013.

According to Palestinian human rights organization Addameer, both men were then taken from the hospital to the Israel Prison Service (IPS) clinic in Ramleh prison where they were held for two weeks, before being transferred to another prison, and then back to the IPS clinic on 25 March.

Addameer expressed concern that Ja’far Izz al-Din’s health has not stabilized and that he may be at risk of long-term kidney damage. Although in recent weeks he has had further medical tests at the IPS clinic in Ramleh, it lacks the facilities and staff to provide the specialized medical care he needs to regain his health.

Ja’far Izz al-Din and Tareq Qa’dan were arrested on 22 November 2012, and served with three-month administrative detention orders. They began hunger strikes six days later to protest their detention without charge or any intention to bring them to trial. They have been denied family visits but have had access to lawyers.

Please write immediately in English, Hebrew or your own language:

Calling on the authorities to release Ja’far Izz al-Din, Tareq Qa’dan and all other Palestinian administrative detainees immediately, unless they are promptly charged with internationally recognizable criminal offences and brought to trial in full conformity with international fair trial standards;

Calling on them to ensure that Ja’far Izz al-Din, Tareq Qa’dan and all other detainees and prisoners who are on or have recently suspended hunger strikes receive all the specialist medical attention they require, which is only available in a civilian hospital with specialist facilities, are given regular access to doctors of their choice, and are not subjected to shackling or other cruel or inhuman treatment;

Urging them to end the use of administrative detention and permit all detainees regular family visits.�

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 7 MAY 2013 TO:

Israel Prison Service Commissioner

Lieutenant-General Aharon Franco

Israel Prison Service, PO Box 81

Ramleh 72100, Israel

Fax: +972 8 919 3800

Salutation: Dear Lieutenant-General

Director General, Ministry of Health

Dr. Roni Gamzo

Ministry of Health

2 Ben Tabai Street

Jerusalem 93591, Israel

Fax: +972 2 565 5966

Salutation: Dear Director General

And copies to:

Minister of Public Security

Yitzhak Aharonovitch

Ministry of Public Security

Kiryat Hamemshala

Jerusalem 91181, Israel

Fax: +972 2 584 7872

Email: sar@mops.gov.il

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date. This is the first update of UA 26/13. Further information: www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE15/001/2013/en

URGENT ACTION

DETAINEES END HUNGER STRIKE, NEED TREATMENT

ADditional Information

Ja’far Izz al-Din, 41, twice went on hunger strike in protest against his administrative detention. He had been arrested at his home in Arrabeh, near Jenin on 21 March 2012 and placed in administrative detention. He went on hunger strike around 27 March until 14 May 2012. He was released on 19 June but was rearrested on 22 November 2012. According to lawyers from the Palestinian human rights organization Addameer, Ja’far Izz al-Din is still suffering from a significant decrease in blood pressure, constant dizziness, chronic headaches, pain in his joints, and protein deficiency.

Tareq Qa’dan, 40, also from Arrabeh, near Jenin, went on hunger strike three times in protest against his administrative detention. He first went on hunger strike in solidarity with other hunger strikers in early 2012. The second hunger strike was when he took part in the mass hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners and detainees between 17 April and 14 May 2012. He was released on 8 July 2012 after 15 months in administrative detention, but was rearrested at his home on 22 November 2012. There are several other administrative detainees also on hunger strike at the time of writing.

Although some Palestinian administrative detainees who undertook prolonged hunger strikes in 2012 were eventually released, others were not. For example, Samer al-Barq, 37, who began his fourth hunger strike on 27 February 2013, is still in administrative detention despite the authorities' assurances they would release him to Egypt, from where he could travel to Pakistan to join his wife. He is held in Hadarim prison and was denied a family visit on 12 March, which according to his family was to punish him for going on hunger strike. See UA 119/12 and subsequent updates, most recently http://amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE15/007/2013/en.

A mass hunger strike of around 2,000 Palestinian prisoners and detainees protesting poor prison conditions, solitary confinement, denial of family visits and administrative detention ended on 14 May 2012 following an Egyptian-brokered deal with the Israeli authorities.

Administrative detention is a form of detention imposed without charge or trial for terms renewable an indefinite number of times. Its use may result in arbitrary detention and if prolonged or repeated can amount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. Because most or all of the evidence on which the detention order is based is withheld from the detainee and his or her lawyer, it is impossible for detainees to defend themselves meaningfully or refute the allegations against them.

As of 28 February 2013, according to the Israeli NGO B’tselem, there were 169 administrative detainees, 10 more than the previous month but more than 150 fewer than in March 2012. Some administrative detainees have been released upon agreeing to leave the Occupied Palestinian Territories and go into exile abroad. The Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits an occupying power from forcibly transferring or deporting people from an occupied territory.

Read more in Amnesty International’s June 2012 report Starved of justice: Palestinians detained without trial by Israel, (MDE 15/026/2013), http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE15/026/2012/en.

Name: Ja’far Izz al-Din and Tareq Qa’dan

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Further information on UA: 26/13 Index: MDE 15/006/2013 Issue Date: 26 March 2013

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