The Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) is deeply concerned about the lives of detainees on hunger strike currently being held at the General Intelligence Detention & Interrogation Center in the city of Bethlehem and the possibility of deteriorating their health condition because of the strike, which began on Wednesday, 20/06/2012. On Monday, 25/6 / 2012, ICHR paid a visit to the detainees in the wake of their announcement to enter into an open hunger strike in protest against their arbitrary detention, although court decisions have been issued by the Palestinian competent courts to release them.
ICHR eagerly followed the issue of non-implementation of court decisions issued by the Executive that the non-implementation of court decisions is a crime punishable by law in accordance with Article (106) of the Palestinian Basic Law, which states that: “Judicial rulings shall be implemented.
Refraining from or obstructing the implementation of a judicial ruling in any manner whatsoever shall be considered a crime carrying a penalty of imprisonment or dismissal from position if the accused individual is a public official or assigned to public service.
The aggrieved party may file a case directly to the competent court and the National Authority shall guarantee a fair remedy for him.” It also considers arbitrary detention a violation of international conventions for the protection of human rights.
Accordingly, ICHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) to assume its responsibilities and the immediate release of all detainees in implementation of the court decisions and in line with the provisions of law and international conventions.
On the other hand dozens of Palestinians from Hebron demonstrated on Wednesday June 27 2012 against the PNA and in solidarity with the detainees at the Palestinian intelligence prison in Bethlehem, where four political detainees have been on hunger strike for nearly 10 days. They are Mohamed Al-Atrash, Mohammed Abu Hadid, Othman Al Qawasmeh and Moatassem Al-Natshe
The Palestinian authority “security forces” has prevented the media from filming the protest under the pretext that the event takes place in front of a “security” building.