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Palestinian Authority: Human rights defender denied medical care

, Index number: MDE 21/005/2009

Saed Yassin, a male Palestinian human rights defender, has been detained without proper judicial process by the Palestinian Authority in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He is being denied medical care even though he is suffering from a painful and undiagnosed condition.

UA: 338/09 Index: MDE 21/005/2009 Palestinian Authority Date: 16 December 2009
URGENT ACTION
HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER DENIED MEDICAL CARE
Saed Yassin, a male Palestinian human rights defender, has been detained without proper
judicial process by the Palestinian Authority in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He is being
denied medical care even though he is suffering from a painful and undiagnosed condition.
There are concerns for the health of Saed Yassin, who has been held in detention in
Nablus, in the West Bank, by the Palestinian Authority since 19 November 2009. The
Palestinian Authority General Intelligence Services arrested him on 19 November and he
has been held in Jneid prison in Nablus since then, though he was allowed briefly to go
home for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha at the end of November. He has had no
access to legal counsel, there are no known charges against him and there have been no
reviews of his detention by the public prosecutor or a judge, as required by Palestinian
law.
Saed Yassin is the director of the Nablus branch of Ansar al-Sajeen, an organization that
provides support to families of prisoners. He was placed under administrative detention
by the Israeli authorities on 15 October 2006, and was released on 22 October 2009 to
his home in Nablus.
During Saed Yassin’s previous detention in Israel he developed a painful gastric condition, which has now worsened.
He was given generic painkillers on 14 December but has had no access to specialized medical consultation.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in English, Arabic or your own language:
Calling on the authorities to release Saed Yassin unless he is charged with a recognizable criminal offence and
tried in conformity with international standards for fair trials;
Urging them to provide Saed Yassin with specialized medical care for his painful gastric condition without delay;
Expressing concern that Saed Yassin has been detained without standard legal procedures, including an arrest
warrant, access to legal counsel and timely judicial reviews.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 27 JANUARY 2009 TO:
Mahmoud Abbas
President
Office of the President
Ramallah
Palestinian Authority, via
Israel
Fax: +970-2-2963179
Email: info@president.ps
Salutation: Dear
President
Dr Salam Fayyad
Prime Minister
The Prime Minister’s
Office
Al-Masyoun
P.O. Box 2466
Ramallah
Palestinian Authority, via
Israel
Fax: +972-2-2950979
Salutation: Dear Prime
Minister
Sa’id Abu Ali
Minister of the Interior
Ministry of Interior
Al-Balou
P.O. Box 641
Ramallah
Palestinian Authority, via
Israel
Fax: +972-2-2406482
Salutation: Dear Minister
Dr Ali Kashaan
Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
Al-Masyoun
Ramallah
Palestinian Authority, via
Israel
Fax: +972-2-2409870;
+972-2-2401850
Salutation: Dear Minister
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above
date.
Date: 16 December 2009
URGENT ACTION
HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER DENIED MEDICAL CARE IN DETENTION
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Saed Yassin has been suffering from a stomach pain but did not have a chance to have it diagnosed before he was
arrested by the Palestinian Authority. His family has raised concerns about detention conditions in Jneid prison,
where he is held currently by the Palestinian Authority, saying that facilities in the prison are unsanitary and the
food and heating are inadequate.
Saed Yassin had been originally arrested by the Israeli military on 6 March 2006. Following interrogation he was
sentenced to eight months imprisonment on a charge of channeling funds in an illegal manner. This is believed to
have been in connection with his work at Ansar al-Sajeen. He served his sentence in full but before his scheduled
release, on 15 October 2006, the Israeli military issued a six-month administrative detention order, which was
renewed eight times until Saed Yassin’s release on 22 October 2009. Ketziot prison in Israel, where Saed Yassin
had been held, is known for its harsh conditions as it is located in the desert and the prisoners are held in tents or
static caravans.
Administrative detention is a procedure that the Israeli military uses to detain Palestinians without charge on the
basis of a military order, stated to be in the interest of security, which can be renewed indefinitely. Amnesty
International believes that its use violates basic rights including the right to a fair trial.
The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank has been regularly detaining individuals it calls “security suspects”
without respecting legal procedures. This practice has been used against supporters of political factions that oppose
the governing parties and against journalists who report for outlets sympathetic to the opposition factions. In certain
cases, detainees have suffered torture and other ill-treatment, and in the past year at least one person has died in
custody as an alleged result of such treatment. The Hamas de facto administration in the Gaza Strip has been
engaged in similar practices. Amnesty International has repeatedly called on the Palestinian Authority and the
Hamas administration to follow legal procedures at all times, and has noted with concern the pattern of Palestinian
arrests in the West Bank following release from detention in Israel.
UA: 338/09 Index: MDE 21/005/2009 Issue Date: 16 December 2009

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