Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons entered the twentieth day of a hunger strike in protest of their harsh imprisonment conditions and deprivation from their basic rights like health and education; in particular the solitary confinement policy and humiliating conditions of their arrest. In addition, the strike protests the prevention of prisoners from communicating with the outside world, including family visits, which are in violation of the relevant international standards of treatment of detainees and rights of prisoners that were approved by relevant international conventions.
As the hunger strike enters its twentieth day, the independent Commission for Human rights states the following:
1. ICHR warns of the repercussions of the indifference of the Israeli prison administration to strike which might result preaches to right to life and right to health.
2. ICHR holds the Israeli occupation responsible for the lives of prisoners and demands them to fulfill their obligations according to international humanitarian law.
3. ICHR urges the international community to put pressure on the Israeli Occupying Authority to improve the detention conditions of Palestinian prisoners.
4. ICHR emphasizes its demand in a previous statement on the establishment for an international investigation to monitor these violations and crimes that continue to be perpetrated against the Palestinian and Arab prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers.