WHO statement of concern over Palestinian hunger-striker, February 2016

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The World Health Organization West Bank and Gaza office expresses its extreme concern over the life and welfare of a Palestinian administrative detainee, Mr. Mohamed Qiq, who is continuing a hunger strike to protest his detention without trial, now in his 85thday. He remains in the care of an Israeli hospital where his wishes against taking nutrition are being respected.

In 2015, WHO joined a joint UN statement against the force-feeding of hunger strikers which emphasized "the importance of working towards improving health and human rights conditions of Palestinian prisoners in line with international standards." As then noted (8 August 2015), "The practice of administrative detention is incompatible with international human rights law and should be ended. All detainees should be promptly charged or released."

WHO urges all parties to resolve this issue according to the universal principles of human rights of which we are all bound to respect.

[1] https://reliefweb.int/report/occupied-palestinian-territory/un-joint-statement-new-israeli-law-force-feeding-detainees

Wednesday 17th of February 2016 03:53:55 PM