UN besorgt wegen Hungerstreiks
Israel zu Lösung aufgefordert
Die Vereinten Nationen haben sich sehr besorgt über den gesundheitlichen Zustand von knapp 1600 palästinensischen Häftlingen geäußert, die in einen Hungerstreik getreten sind. Israel müsse eine angemessene Lösung für das Problem finden, forderte Filippo Grandi, Generalbeauftragter des UN-Hilfswerks für Palästinaflüchtlinge im Nahen Osten, am Donnerstag. Zwei Häftlinge im Hungerstreik seien unmittelbar vom Tod bedroht. Auch UN-Generalsekretär Ban Ki Moon hatte am Mittwoch große Sorge über den Zustand der Gefangenen geäußert und eine sofortige Lösung gefordert.
Nach Angaben der israelischen Gefängnisbehörde vom Donnerstag befinden sich knapp 1600 palästinensische Häftlinge im Hungerstreik. Die Sprecherin Sivan Weizman betonte am Dienstag, keiner von ihnen sei in Lebensgefahr. Alle bekämen Infusionen mit lebensnotwendigen Nährstoffen.
Die israelische Organisation Ärzte für Menschenrechte warnt jedoch, das Leben des 27-jährigen Bilal Diab und des 33-jährigen Thaer Halahla, beide Mitglieder der Organisation Islamischer Dschihad, sei nach mehr als 70 Tagen Hungerstreik in Gefahr. Beide verweigern schon seit Ende Februar die Nahrungsaufnahme. Mit der Protestaktion wollen die Palästinenser gegen die Haftbedingungen sowie die sogenannte Verwaltungshaft protestieren.
* Aus: neues deutschland, Freitag, 11. Mai 2012
UN official urges Israel to resolve Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike issue
10 May 2012 – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees today urged the Israeli Government to find an acceptable solution to the issue of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, noting their demands are generally related to basic prisoners’ rights as stipulated in the Geneva Conventions.
The Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Filippo Grandi, also voiced grave concern over the health of the more than 1,000 Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails.
“Filippo Grandi reiterates the call of the Secretary-General of the United Nations that those under administrative detention be brought to trial or be set free, noting that two of the administrative detainees are in serious conditions after more than 74 days, and are in imminent danger of death,” an UNRWA spokesperson said in a statement.
More than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners began an open-ended hunger strike two weeks ago, on 17 April – Palestinian Prisoners Day – to protest against unjust arrest procedures, arbitrary detention and bad prison conditions, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
Yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson said Mr. Ban is following with concern the ongoing hunger strike, and he stressed the importance of averting any further deterioration in their condition, urging everyone concerned to reach a solution to their plight without delay.
The hunger strike also came up for discussion during today’s meeting between the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO), Robert Serry, and the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, with both expressing the urgency of finding a solution for the issue, according to news release issued by Mr. Serry’s office.
Mr. Serry reiterated the concern of the UN over the situation, as Mr. Abbas expressed his appreciation of the UN contribution to efforts to resolve the issue. The pair also discussed other issues of common interest, including the need for meaningful peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as internal Palestinian issues.
Source: UN News Centre, 10 May 2012; www.un.org
Concerned at plight of Palestinian hunger strikers, Ban urges solution without delay
9 May 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the importance of averting any further deterioration in the condition of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody who are on hunger strike, and urged everyone concerned to reach a solution to their plight without delay.
“The Secretary-General continues to follow with concern the ongoing hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody, in particular those held in what is known as administrative detention,” according to information provided by his spokesperson.
“He stresses the importance of averting any further deterioration in their condition,” the spokesperson added. “He reiterates that those detained must be charged and face trial with judicial guarantees, or released without delay.”
More than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners began an open-ended hunger strike two weeks ago, on 17 April – Palestinian Prisoners Day – to protest against unjust arrest procedures, arbitrary detention and bad prison conditions, according to the UN human rights office (OHCHR).
Last week, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, said he was deeply troubled by reports about the critical condition of at least two Palestinians being held by Israel, who have been on hunger strike for over two months, and urged the Government to preserve the health of the prisoners.
Noting that the Secretary-General urged all concerned to reach a solution without delay, his spokesperson said that Mr. Ban fully supported the efforts of Mr. Serry, who is actively engaged on this issue with the parties on the ground.
Source: UN News Centre, 9 May 2012; www.un.org
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