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Israel/occupied territories: three Palestinian detainees on hunger strike risk death

Publisher International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Publication Date 14 September 2012
Cite as International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Israel/occupied territories: three Palestinian detainees on hunger strike risk death, 14 September 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/50571ce72.html [accessed 26 December 2014]
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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is extremely concerned about the deteriorating health of three Palestinian detainees who are on long-term hunger strike. Samer Barq, Hassan Safadi and Ayman Sharawneh have been on hunger strike for several weeks.

"These people are going to die unless the detaining authorities find a prompt solution," said Juan Pedro Schaerer, the head of the ICRC delegation in Israel and the occupied territories. Any solution has to take into consideration the fact that under resolutions adopted by the World Medical Association, detainees are entitled to choose whether they are fed or receive medical treatment. It is essential that their choice be respected and their dignity preserved.

Ever since the hunger strikes started, ICRC delegates and medical staff have regularly visited the detainees, monitoring both their health and the way they are being treated. The ICRC has also been in contact with their families and has passed on greetings to them.

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