|PCHR Receives Deputy Representative of Ireland to the PNA and Swedish Consul of Political Affairs|
|Written by PCHR|
|Wednesday, 09 May 2012 00:00|
On Wednesday, 09 May 2012, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) received Fionnuala Callan, the Deputy Representative of Ireland to the Palestinian National Authority, and Maria Velasco, the Consul of Political Affairs at the Consulate General of Sweden.
The two visitors met with Jaber Weshah, PCHR's Deputy Director for Branches Affairs, and Daragh Murray, PCHR's International Legal Officer. The meeting began with briefing the visitors on the developments related to the Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike that has imposed risks on a number of the prisoners' lives. Weshah called for exerting pressure on Israel in order for the prisoners' demands to be fulfilled. The demands include improving their living conditions in the Israeli prisons; ensuring family visitations, particularly for the prisoners from the Gaza Strip; putting an end to the solitary confinement and administrative detention policy repression and night searches; and ensuring the opportunity to continue their education.
PCHR’s representatives also focused on the conditions of the Palestinians under administrative detention in the Israeli prisoners. These detentions violate the right of a detainee to a fair trial, including the right to receive appropriate defense and to be informed of charges against him/her. In this context, Weshah pointed to the risks that may result from the Israeli policy of taking advantage of the administrative detention. He particularly referred to forcible transfer of a number of Palestinians, who were under administrative detention, to Gaza.
At another level, the meeting addressed the Israeli closure that has been imposed on the Gaza Strip for approximately 6 years. It discussed the impacts of the closure on all aspects of life; these impacts that prevent the civilians from enjoying their rights, which are guaranteed under the international laws at the economic and social levels.
In the meeting, the human rights situation at the internal level was discussed. Weshah pointed to the ramifications of the Palestinian split at the level of violations of human rights and public and private liberties. He stressed that it is necessary for Europe to play a more effective role in supporting the efforts towards achieving the Palestinian reconciliation, in addition to obliging Israel to respect the principles of international humanitarian law and fulfill the requirements of international justice.
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