Arab rights commission calls for medical committee to visit prisoners
Published Thursday 06/02/2014 (updated) 08/02/2014 21:44
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- The Permanent Arab Commission on Human Rights on Thursday recommended the formation of a committee of doctors to visit Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails to check up on their conditions.
The recommendation was made at the end of the 35th session of the Permanent Arab Commission on Human Rights in Cairo.
The commission reiterated that Jerusalem is an integral part and the capital of the Palestinian nation.
The commission called on the international community to move rapidly to force the Israeli government to stop its settlement activities on Palestinian territory.
The commission called for the UN high commissioner to pressure Israel to treat Palestinian prisoners as prisoners of war, according the Geneva Convention, and international human rights.
It also called for it to visit prisoners and monitor their conditions and the violations of their rights.
5,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails as of Oct. 2013, according to the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs. Another 1,280 are in Israeli prisons for being inside Israel without permits.
Since 1967, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel, representing 20 percent of the total population and 40 percent of all males in the occupied territories.
Under international law, it is illegal to transfer prisoners outside of the occupied territory in which they are detained, and the families of Palestinian prisoners' face many obstacles in obtaining permits to see their imprisoned relatives.