Ref: 46/2012


The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR)
has continued its efforts to support the cause of Palestinian prisoners detained
in Israeli prisons, in the context of advocacy activities to support this cause
at the human, legal and political level.

 

 

On 10 May 2012, Mr. Raji Sourani, Director of
PCHR, held a meeting with leaders of the International Federation for Human
Rights (FIDH) in Paris.  Mr. Sourani is
the Vice President of FDIH.  The meeting discussed
possible ways for the FIDH to support Palestinian prisoners and their
cause.  In the conclusion of the meeting,
the participants approved a number of activities in this regard, including
conducting visits by an FIDH delegation, which will include a number of
physicians and lawyers, to Palestinian prisoners detained in Israeli
prisons.  The delegation will meet
leaders of prisoners and leaders who have been on hunger strike.  FIDH will also participate in the solidarity
event organized by PCHR, in cooperation with the Arab Organization for Human
Rights and the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate, in Cairo on Monday, 14 May 2012.
 Furthermore, the 168 member
organizations of FIDH will organize a sit-in in solidarity with Palestinian
prisoners in their hunger strike.

  

At another level, Mr. Sourni participated in the tenth annual
conference of the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC),  which was held in Stockholm, Sweden, on 11
May 2012.  During the proceedings of the
conference, the issue of Palestinian prisoners detained in Israeli prison and
their living conditions under their ongoing hunger strike were addressed.  Besides the conference, ILAC hosted a panel
debate on the topic of “Legal Reform and the Arab Spring – is there a role for
the international community?”

 

The
panel was comprised of Samir Annabi, Tunisian attorney and head of the
recently established Tunisian Anti-Corruption Agency; Jan Thesleff,
Sweden’s ambassador to Tunis and Libya. The panel was moderated by Todd
Benjamin, a former anchor, correspondent, and financial editor for CNN.  The participants discussed the implications
of the Arab revolutions, and the dual standards and selectivity in the
application of international humanitarian law by the international community,
the most notable example of which is the issue of Palestinian prisoners
detained in Israeli prisons. 

 

On Monday, 14 May 2012, PCHR, in cooperation with the Arab
Organization for Human Rights and the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate, will
organize in the Syndicate’s premises in Cairo an event in solidarity with
Palestinian and Arab prisoners detained in Israeli prison.  A number Arab and international organizations
will participate in the event, including the Arab Lawyers Union, FIDH and
others.  A delegation of families of
Palestinian prisoners and prominent ex-prisoners from the West Bank, the Gaza
Strip and Arab communities inside Israel will also participate in the
event.  The delegation of families from
the Gaza Strip, which traveled to Egypt this morning, is headed by the mother
of Ibrahim Baroud, a Palestinian prisoner, while the families from the West
Bank will be headed by the wife of Marwan Barghouthi, who is detained in
Israeli prisons.

 

Members of the delegation will hold a series of
meetings in Cairo.  They will meet with
members of the Political Committee and the Human Rights Committee in the
Egyptian Parliament.  They will also meet
with Assistant Secretary-General of the League of Arab States and the Assistant
Secretary General for Palestine’s Affairs. 
They will not meet with the Secretary-General because he is currently outside
Cairo. 

 

Activities in solidarity with Palestinian
prisoners will continue in the upcoming days. 
After participating in the solidarity event in Cairo, Mr. Sourani will
travel to Spain to participate in two central events organized by solidarity
organizations and the Arab House Society in Madrid and Cordoba, marking the
anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (the uprooting of the Palestinian people
from their lands in 1948.  The events
will be focused on solidarity with Palestinian prisoners detained in Israeli
prisons.

 

On 21 May 2012, Mr. Sourani and Fadwa
Barghouthi, the wife Marwan Barghouthi, a prisoner in detained in Israeli
prisons, will hold a press conference in Paris.