An international campaign, calling for releasing 73 ex-detainees of Shalit prisoner swap deal, is set to be launched today, at the meeting of Human Rights Council of the United Nations.The ex-detainees were re-arrested recently in Israeli prisons, according to Issa Qaraqe, the chief of detainees affairs said.

Al Ray reports that Qaraqe recently announced the campaign during his visit to the family of the ex-detainee Nael Barghouti, who was re-arrested after serving 35 years in Israeli jails.

Mr. Qarage explained that both international and Palestinian human rights organizations will participate in the campaign, which aims to protest the illegal and unjust acts of the Israeli government against the previously released detainees.

‘Israel seeks political revenge on the Palestinian people by re-arresting ex-detainees and violating all international norms and conventions,’ he said.

The detainees are now threatening to declare a hunger strike in protest of their re-arrest, calling on international bodies to work for their release.

Al Ray further reports that issues of ex-detainees are to be discussed during indirect talks between Palestinians and Israelis in Egypt, scheduled for next week under the umbrella of an open-ended truce.

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