Statement of the Chair Manu Pineda on the hunger strike of seven Palestinian prisoners in administrative detention

Strasbourg, 05/10/2021

I am deeply concerned about the lives of seven Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike for over two months since the Israeli authorities refuse to respond to their demands and end their detention. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has also expressed its concern about the deteriorating health of two amongst them, Mr. Kayed Nammoura and Mr. Miqdad Qawasmeh, administratively detained and hospitalized in Israel. The Israeli authorities have the responsibility to guarantee that the health of these prisoners is not harmed, and must act immediately to end their detention.

I recall the EU long-standing position, as expressed in similar cases in the past, calling on Israel to fully respect international humanitarian law as well as its human rights obligations and international standards towards all prisoners, also in light of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

The striking prisoners are in administrative detention and therefore have been denied their right to a fair and free trial. Thus, I want to stress that it is imperative that the Israeli authorities put an end to the systematic practice of administrative detention in line with the EU position "against the extensive use by Israel of administrative detention without formal charges" and "that detainees have the right to be informed about the charges and any detention, must be granted access to legal assistance, and be given a fair trial within a reasonable time or be released". To this end, I urge HRVP Joseph Borrell to use all diplomatic means at his disposal in support of the Palestinian hunger strikers.

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