The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR):Â Palestinian Prisonersâ Day is celebrated every year on the 17th of April, which was endorsed by the Palestinian National Council in 1974 as a national day to pay tribute to Palestinian prisoners and their sacrifices, and to support, advocate and promote their right to freedom.
Ever since, the Palestinian Prisonersâ Day has been an annual day for celebration and to remind the whole world of the Palestinian prisonersâ cause and the daily violations they suffer inside Israeli prisons, which violate all international and humanitarian covenants.
Across Israeli prisons, Palestinian prisoners suffer numerous and endless violations of their rights, as Israeli occupation authorities purposefully and persistently neglect their obligations under the international humanitarian law (IHL). Certainly, these practices fall under a systematic Israeli policy to humiliate and degrade the dignity of prisoners through arbitrary measures.
The Israeli practices and violations against prisoners have enhanced and intensified the suffering of Palestinian prisoners for several decades, most prominently the:
This year, the Palestinian Prisonersâ Day is commemorated extremely bitter and cruel conditions under the coronavirus pandemic. Israeli occupation authorities did not suffice with their daily violations of prisonersâ rights, as it chose to intensify their suffering through its systematic policy of medical neglect against prisoners, abusing their pressing needs and right to health care in these dangerous times.
PCHR expresses its extreme concern over the catastrophic humanitarian crisis that may ensue among Palestinian prisoners, especially that the Israeli prison administrationÂ has a bad track record in dealing with Palestinian prisoners. Over decades, hundreds of Palestinian prisoners died under extremely poor health conditions due to the deliberate medical negligence policy.
In the face of the extremelyÂ grim and grave implications of the coronavirus pandemic, Israeli authorities have yet to take any of the measures it had announced for the protection of Palestinian prisoners, as the authoritiesâ interventions have been limited measures that are inherently discriminative and in violation of prisonersâ rights and privileges, including banning prisoners’ families from visiting their sons and preventing prisoners from meeting their lawyers.
On the Palestinian Prisonersâ Day and every day, PCHR reiterates the need to stand for the systematic and inhumane Israeli practices against Palestinian prisoners, and:
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