EU demands rights for Palestinian hunger strikers

Israel must adhere to international human rights obligations regarding hunger striking Palestinian prisoners, European Union spokesperson Catherine Ashton said Saturday, just a day after widespread riots erupted across the West Bank over the issue.
"The EU calls on the government of Israel to allow for the immediate restoration of their family visiting rights and calls for the full respect of international human rights obligations towards all Palestinian detainees and prisoners," Ashton said. "Under international law, detainees have the right to be informed about the reasons underlying any detention and to have the legality of their detention determined without undue delay. The EU calls upon Israel to bring formal charges against any individuals detained, with a view to bringing them to a fair trial without undue delay."