Freedom for Palestinian Prisoners

Ten Years Ago October, 2011

Canada Palestine Association (CPA) sent the following letter to the International Committee of the Red Cross in support of the demands of the Palestinian political prisoners currently on hunger strike.
CPA asks all our friends and all genuine human rights defenders to take action in support of the thousands of Palestinians in the Israeli detention camps.

There will never be peace without the release of all Palestinian detainees.

Hanna Kawas/ Chairperson

From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]; [email protected]
CC: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]
Subject: Protect Palestinian Prisoners
Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2011 22:02:54 +0000

October 5, 2011

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Dear Sir/Madam:

The Canada Palestine Association in Vancouver passed a resolution at its recent meeting supporting the demands of the Palestinian political detainees currently on hunger strike, specifically an end to the arbitrary and extended use of solitary confinement, an end to the humiliating treatment of visitors to the prisoners and an end to the abuse of the prisoners themselves.  Abuse by authorities in Israeli jails includes sudden night raids and torture, depriving Palestinian political detainees of the simple rights of bathing, access to clean clothes and family visits and educational materials, improper diet and a lack of medical attention, the mistreatment of Palestinian child prisoners and last but not least the chaining and humiliation of prisoners during transfer from one prison to another.
CPA calls on the ICRC to investigate these conditions and to take immediate action to protect the rights and the lives of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

We urge world governments including the Canadian government to hold Israel accountable for violating the Forth Geneva Convention; failure to do so will implicate them in Israeli war crimes.

Hanna Kawas/

Canada Palestine Association