Falk: Israel's treatment of Palestinian prisoners appalling

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May 3, 2012 06:13

 
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UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk spoke Wednesday in support of the 1,550 Palestinian prisoners who have been on a hunger strike since April 17.

In a statement he issued to the media from Geneva, he said he was appalled by human rights violations against Palestinians in Israeli prisons.

Falk, who is tasked with investigating the situation of human rights under Israeli military rule in the West Bank, said the hunger strike was an act of collective nonviolent resistance against Israeli “occupation.” The prisoners, he said, were also protesting unjust arrest procedures, arbitrary detention and bad prison condition.

“I urge the government of Israel to respect its international human rights obligations towards all Palestinian prisoners,” Falk said.

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