On February 6, 2014, the Permanent Arab Commission on Human Rights called for a committee of medical monitors to be allowed into Israeli prisons and jails to review current conditions of confinement. This call coincided with the recent close of the 35th session of the Commission in Cairo.
As of October, 2013, Israel jails and prisons housed 5,200 Palestinians, with an additional 1,280 Palestinians being held for permit violations, according to the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs. The difficulty of obtaining these permits have created a true, undue hardship on Palestinian prisoners’ families, making it almost impossible for them to visit their incarcerated loved ones.
With the historic reminder of 650,000 Palestinian prisoners being detained by the Israeli’s since 1967, calls have been made to the United Nations to have Palestinian prisoners classified as prisoners of war and treated in accordance with the Geneva Convention. This would greatly expand their rights and protections by international governing bodies.
To learn more about the Permanent Arab Commission on Human Rights’ call to the United Nations for support, visit http://www.maannews.net/.