The Palestine Mission to the United Nations calls for immediate action to release the prisoner Anhar Al-Deek

The mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations in Geneva sent an urgent appeal to request the international community’s move to release the Palestinian detainee in Israeli occupation prisons, Anhar al-Deek.

The letter was sent to the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, the Chair of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Elena Steinert, the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Tlalang Mofokeng, and the Special Rapporteur on On the issue of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Nils Melzer, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences Reem Al-Salem, Chair of the Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls Melissa Oprete, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian Territory Since 1967 Michael Link.

The letter stated: “We are writing to you to draw your urgent attention to the condition of the pregnant Palestinian mother Anhar Al-Deek, 25, who is imprisoned in the prisons of the Israeli occupation, and is expected to give birth to her child in prison at any time during the next few days, and she suffers from bipolar depression during The pregnancy and fears for the fate of her fetus, which is born in prison.”

The occupation forces had arrested Al-Deek five months ago, for allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack in an Israeli settlement that was forcibly erected on the lands of her land, Kafr Nima, west of Ramallah. one.

The Palestinian mission explained in its message: During the long years of occupation, dozens of pregnant Palestinian women were arrested, some of them were released before giving birth, some of them lost their children or underwent deliberate abortions, while some were forced to give birth in prison, where 8 former captives gave birth to their children inside prisons. Occupation.

She stated that the pregnant prisoner faces harsh conditions from the moment of arrest, from malnutrition to inappropriate medical care, and during labor, female prisoners suffer from the pain of childbirth for hours before being transferred to the hospital, and they give birth handcuffed and handcuffed and tightly guarded, and forced to deal with humiliation before returning immediately To prison.

Al-Deek said in a letter that the Israeli prison authorities will hold her in solitary confinement after she gives birth to her child.

In its letter, the mission indicated that the occupation does not allow new mothers to keep their children with them for more than two years, and years after their release, prison remains a source of terror for these children, as they face the same conditions of oppression and intimidation.

She pointed out that among the 39 Palestinian female prisoners who are deprived of their freedom behind the bars of the occupation, there are 12 mothers.

In its letter, the mission called for immediate intervention in support of international law and decisive action to compel Israel to immediately release Anhar al-Dik, release all arbitrarily detained prisoners, especially women and children, end the illegal occupation of the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, and end impunity Israel from punishment, and holding Israel accountable for its grave violations, including before the International Criminal Court, with the aim of achieving long-awaited justice for all victims of its colonial and apartheid regime in order to deter further crimes.


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