The Platform in Solidarity with Palestine in Seville, Spain, noted that it is engaged in campaigning for the release of Ahmad Saadat and all Palestinian prisoners and the current hunger strike. It sent the following letter to the International Committee of the Red Cross:
Dear friends of the International Committee of Red Cross,
We are really concerned about the latest news on the situation of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails.
The cases of Ahmad Saadat, Ahmad Qatamesh, Ayed Dudeen are some serious examples of the thousands of prisoners held in administrative detention without charge or trial.
Israeli military orders of detention, the “secret evidence”, the solitary confinement, the ill-treatment and torture, the humiliations and abuses that continuosly suffering of Palestinian prisoners are a flagrant violation of international law and human rights. The Israeli judicial system and military tribunals are a mockery of justice.
The case of prisoner Ahmad Saadat, General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and member of Palestinian Legislative Council, is really serious about being in solitary confinement since March 2009. Imprisonment in isolation is a serious risk to physical and mental health of prisoners. It is a technique frequently used against palestinian political prisoners.
Israel is a signatory to the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights whose Article 10 states that: “All persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person.”
The extension of isolation is another violation of the prisoners basic rights. Currently, prisoners in the prisons of the occupation have begun an indefinite hunger strike in protest against the use of isolation.
With this action, again, prisoners demanding freedon of Ahmad Saadat, and Ayed Dudeen, Ahmad Qatamesh and many others (in administrative detention renewed regularly) and all the palestinian prisoners. They demandig for the end the isolation of Ahmad Saadat and end of isolation of all Palestinian political prisoners, and the end to the policies of repression and humiliation against them and their families.
They demanding the end of the horror experienced by prisoners and their families -It is the systematic Israeli way of terror against the Palestinian population-.
We ask you, as a human rights organization, which put pressure on the government of Israel to implement international law, the human rights and the Fourth Geneva Convention regarding the treatment of civilians under occupation – whether this population is in prison or outside it -.
You have a humanitarian duty to follow up monitoring of the situation of Palestinian prisoners and to report about them. We await your urgent and firm intervention with prison Israeli authorities for demand respect for prisoners human rights.
Awaiting your response.
Platform of Solidarity for Palestine
Blanco White, 5
41018 Seville, Spain