199 human rights network and organizations hold the occupation state fully responsible for the lives and safety of the prisoners who liberated themselves from Gilbo’aprison and were re-arrested, and demand the formation of an independent international investigation committee immediately to determine the conditions of their detention.

Date : 20 Sep 2021

Press release,

199 human rights networks and organizations including ICSPR hold the occupation state fully responsible for the lives and safety of the re-arrested Gilboa prisoners and demand the formation of an independent international investigation committee to determine the conditions of their detention.

 

The undersigned human rights institutions follow up with great seriousness the testimonies of the lawyers of the re-arrested prisoners (Mahmoud Al-Ardah, Muhammad Al-Ardah, Zakaria Al-Zubaidi, Yaqoub Qadri, Ayham Kamamji and Monadel Nafeat). According to the testimony of lawyers, the Israeli occupation forces assaulted them from the moment of arrest, causing multiple bodily injuries, which necessitated the transfer of some of them to the hospital in a difficult condition as a result of the use of unjustified violence and crimes of torture against them. They are also deprived of sleep, and interrogated after being completely stripped according to the information provided so far, some of them have been threatened with death by the investigators, and their relatives have been arbitrarily arrested for revenge.

The human rights organizations stress that the settler-colonial occupation and the apartheid regime itself is a crime, and escaping from its prisons is motivated by the desire for liberation and emancipation and out of national dignity as well as a moral duty, heroism and honor protected by international conventions, whether the Brussels Declaration of 1874 or the Hague Convention of 1907 or the third and fourth Geneva Conventions, in addition to the criminalization of torture against all persons and at all times.

The human rights organizations stress that the Israeli colonial self’s view of itself as a lofty and above the law, and the policy of impunity, is an essential part of the continuation of these practices without regard, which requires confronting it with firmness and rigor by bringing the criminals to justice and redressing the victims.

Based on the foregoing, the undersigned Palestinian and Arab human rights organizations recommend the following:

  1. The formation of an independent and impartial international investigation committee of experts with well-known expertise, to examine the circumstances of the arrest of prisoners in preparation for holding the perpetrators of violations accountable.
  1. Calling upon peoples in Arab countries in all countries, and Arab communities abroad to form a state of pressure and effective advocacy for prisoners and detainees in occupation prisons, by mobilizing in various fields and raising their cause through social media platforms.
  1. The need of the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their roles under the first article in ensuring respect for the conventions, and transforming the legal duty under the conventions into actual conduct and practice.
  1. The necessity for the International Criminal Court, which has jurisdiction in the occupied Palestinian territory, to prosecute the perpetrators of the crime of torture and to expand the scope of responsibility to include anyone who contributes in any way and to benefit from the sworn testimony of Palestinian human rights institutions.
  1. Urging the League of Arab States and its various branches to play their role in supporting the prisoners and detainees, and activating their issues at the international level.
  1. The necessity of the UN special rapporteurs, headed by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory, and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, to play their active roles in highlighting the crimes of systematic torture that are practiced against Palestinian prisoners and detainees, and raising the issue on the widest scale.
  1. The importance of following up on the conditions of prisoners and detainees and their families in all fields, and providing support and care for them from official and civil authorities, especially at the psychological, health, social and legal levels.
  1. Enhancing the Palestinian diplomacy to shed light on the issue of Palestinian prisoners in international forums, and work to mobilize international support and advocacy in the direction of preserving their human rights and stopping the systematic crimes of torture practiced against them.
  1. Calling on Palestinian, Arab and international civil society organizations to play their roles in the field of monitoring, documenting, and exerting pressure, and to benefit from the membership of the coalitions in which they participate.
  1. Demanding the Human Rights Council at the United Nations to adopt the proposals of the Palestinian delegate in Geneva and to form a commission of inquiry into the violations that Palestinian prisoners are subjected to.
  1. Demanding the International Committee of the Red Cross to assume its legal and humanitarian tasks and responsibilities and to play its role effectively in communicating with prisoners and detainees.
  1. The traditional and modern Arab media shed light on the issue of prisoners and detainees on a permanent basis, within the framework of mobilizing public opinion.

The signatories are:

  1. Coordination for Maghreb Human Rights Organizations (include 26 HR
    organizations from Morocco, Mauretania, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya)
    2. The Moroccan Coalition for Human Rights Bodies (includes 20 Moroccan human
    rights organizations)
    3. Libyan Solidarity Union
    4. General Union of Palestinian Jurists
    5. Jordanian Women’s Union(JWU)
    6. The Jordan Federation of the independent Trade Unions
    7. The National Union of Tunisian Women
    8. The National Union of Palestinian NGOs (includes 320 institutions)
    9. The Federation of Women Action Committee
    10.Union des comités de femmes palestiniennes
    11.Tunisian Coalition Against the Death Penalty
    12.The Human Rights Coalition to Stop the Aggression, Lift the Siege, and Build Peace
    in Yemen (includes 10 organizations from ten Arab countries)
    13.The Academic Assembly for the support of Palestine-Lebanon
    14.Cultural Rally for Democracy / Iraq
    15.Women’s Cultural Assembly for Democracy / Iraq
    16. NGOs Platform (Tajamoh)/Lebanon
    17.The Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering-RDFL
    18.Jordan Coalition Against the Death Penalty
    19. Syrian Coalition Against the Death Penalty (SCODP)
    20.Iraqi Coalition Against the Death Penalt
    21.The Iraqi Alliance for Human Rights Organizations (includes 55 organizations)
    22.The Arab Coalition against the Death Penalty
    23. Syrian Feminist Alliance to activate Security Council Resolution 1325
    24.Yemeni Coalition Against the Death Penalty
    25.Ibn Rushd Association for Development and Democracy / Iraq
    26.Association féministe Irtiqa/ Tunisie
    27.Association des amis de la vie pour le contrôle des drogues/Palestine
    28. Friends of the Disabled Association-Lebanon
    29.Association ACT pour les études et le règlement alternatif des différends / Palestine
    30.The Jordan Society for Human Rights
    31.Cultural Academics Association/ Palestine
    32.Al-Amal Charitable Society for the Deaf/ Palestine
    33.Jordanian Association for Political Science
    34.Rescue Association for Development/ Palestine
    35.Bahrain Human Rights Society
    36.Civil Solidarity Association / Tunis
    37.Community Development Association for Thought and Culture / Palestine
    38.Association for Development and Strategic Studies in Medina / Tunisia /
    39.Association Tunisienne de l’Action Culturelle
    40.Tunisian Association of Democratic Women
    41.Tunisian Association for Support Minority . (TASM)
    42.Jordanian Jurists Association / Jordan
    43.Old Hebron Association for Relief and Development / Palestine
    44.Working Women Association / Jordan
    45.Association of the International Cultural Network for Palestine
    46.Bahraini Transparency Society
    47.Arab Association for Academic Freedoms
    48. Society for the care of the environment and society / Palestine
    49. Palestinian Society for Chronic Diseases and Child Care/ Palestine
    50. Palestinian Association for Drug Control
    51.Libyan Society for Human Rights and Scientific Research/ Libya
    52. Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development PWWSD”
    53.Association of the Cultural Center for Child Development/ Palestine
    54.The Egyptian Constitutional and Legal Association for Human Rights/ Egypt
    55.The Moroccan Association for Human Rights
    56.The Moroccan Association for Women Progressive
    57.Mobile Library Association for Nonviolence and Peace / Palestine
    58.Association of the Economic and Social Forum for Women / Jordan
    59.The association Citizenship, Development, Cultures & Migrations Des Deux Rives
    (C.D.C.M.I.R.)
    60.The Mauritanian Association for the Promotion of Rights
    61.ALMizan Association for Development and Human Rights/Iraq
    62. Social Relief Society for Women Development / Palestine
    63.Association of tunisian women for search and development
    64.Arab Women Organization-Jordan
    65.The National Association for the Defense of Rights and Freedoms/Egypt
    66. Family and Child Hope Association/ Tunisia
    67.Omy Association for Rights and Development/Egypt
    68.Ana Insan Association for the Rights of the Disabled/ Jordan
    69.Association of Parents and Friends of the Handicapped / Tunisia
    70. Seeds Association for Development and Culture/ Palestine
    71.Rural Women Development Association/ Palestine
    72.Jothor Society for Human Rights-Jordan
    73.Association Bridges Citizenship / Tunisia
    74.Jose Marti Association for Arab-Latin American Solidarity
    75.Diyar Al-Ezz Association for Rights and Freedoms / Jordan
    76.Rachel Corrie Association for Solidarity Among Peoples
    77.Rasid Association for Human Rights/ Lebanon
    78.Roaa Women Association-Jordan
    79. Shamoua Association for the Protection of Human Rights/ Egypt
    80.Egypt Workers Association for Development and Human Rights/ Egypt
    81.Association of the Jordanian Women’s Solidarity Institute
    82.Women Development Forum Association / Egypt
    83.Amman Society Forum for Human Rights
    84.Women Association of Modern Tunisia / Tunisia
    85.Association Nachaz-Dissonances Tunisia
    86.The International campaign against the Israeli occupation and annexation
    87.Tunisian League for Tolerance
    88.The Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights
    89.The Algerian League for Defense Human Rights
    90.The Lebanese Democratic Jurists League
    91.Arab League for Arts and Creativity/ Tunisia
    92.Association of Free Tunisian Writers
    93. Syrian Women Association / Syria/
    94.Association of Women Heads of Families/Mauritania
    95.Iraqi League for Human Rights Trainers
    96.Rashid For Integrity and Transparency/ Jordan
    97. Freedom Pioneers for Integrity and Human Rights Training / Jordan
    98.The Jordanian Network for Human Rights (includes 10 human rights organizations)
    99.The Jordanian Network for Election Integrity
    100. Election Network in the Arab Region
    101. The Women’s Defense Network in Syria (includes 57 Syrian women’s
    organizations)
    102. Independent Journalists Network/Sudan
    103. The Arab Human Rights Trainers Network
    104. Arab Women’s Legal Network
    105. Volunteer Network for Development and Human Rights / Egypt
    106. Women’s Network for Women Support/ Jordan
    107. Women’s Peace and Security Network (Yemen)
    108. The Syrian National Network for Civil Peace and Community Safety.
    109. Arab Federation for Democracy
    110. Islamic Team for Peace / Iraq
    111. The Syrian Federation of Human Rights Organizations and Bodies
    112. Arab Commission for Human Rights
    113. The Kurdish Committee for Human Rights in Syria (Al Rased).
    114. Follow-up Committee to Support the Issue of Lebanese Detainees in Israeli
    Prisons/Lebanon
    115. The Vigilance Committee for Democracy in Tunisia / Belgium
    116. The Committee for the Respect of Freedoms and Human Rights in Tunisia
    117. Palestinian Initiative to Deepen Global Dialogue and Democracy-MIFTAH
    118. Yemeni Council for Rights and Freedoms / Yemen
    119. Lebanese Council of Women (includes 150 organization)
    120. Law Group for Human Rights / Mizan (Jordan)
    121. Lawyers for Justice /Yemen
    122. International Observatory for Documentation of Human Rights Violations/
    Argentina
    123. Arab World Observatory for Democracy and Elections
    124. Human Rights & Democracy Media Center “SHAMS”/Palestine
    125. Psycho Social Counseling Center For Women/Palestine
    126. Arab Women Media Center / Jordan
    127. Khiam Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture-Lebanon
    128. Center for Applied Educational Studies – Jerusalem / Palestine
    129. Women’s Studies Center/ Palestine
    130. Center for the Defense of Freedoms and Civil Rights “Hurriyat” / Palestine
    131. International Center for the Promotion of Rights and Freedoms – Swiss
    Association
    132. The Democratic Center for Studies and Development/ Palestine
    133. Center for Democracy and Community Development – Jerusalem / Palestine
    134. Palestinian Center for the Independence of the Legal Profession and the Judiciary
    “Musawa”
    135. Palestinian Centre for Peace and Democracy PCPD
    136. The Palestinian Center for Democratic Dialogue and Political Development
    137. Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution/Palestine
    138. Phenix Center for Economics & Informatics Studies/Jordan
    139. Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counselling/Palestine
    140. Excellence Consulting Center for Development / Bahrain
    141. Tunis Centre for Press Freedom
    142. Jothor Center for Human Rights
    143. Center for the Protection and Freedom of Journalists/ Jordan
    144. Center for Gender Studies – Gender / Sudan
    145. Damascus Center for Theoretical and Civil Studies
    146. Amman Center for Human Rights Studies (ACHRS)
    147. Word Center for Human rights Studies/Egypt
    148. Metro Center for Defending the Rights of Journalists/ Iraq
    149. Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ)
    150. The Egyptian Democratic Institute for Awareness of Constitutional and Legal
    Rights / Egypt
    151. Women’s Leadership Institute / Iraq
    152. Humanitarian Forum for Women’s Rights/ Jordan
    153. The Syrian Platform for Non-Governmental Organizations (SPNGO)
    154. African Election Observation Forum/Morocco
    155. Bahrain Forum for Human Rights
    156. Renewal Forum for Citizen and Progressive Thought/ Tunisia
    157. Sisters Arab Forum for Human Rights (Yemen)
    158. Sudanese National Civil Forum(includes 54 civil society organizations) / Sudan
    159. Tunisian Forum for Youth Empowerment
    160. Libyan Academic Organization
    161. The Tunisian Organization against Torture
    162. Gender Studies and Information Organization / Iraq
    163. Organization for the Defense of Human Rights in Iraq
    164. Organization for the Defense of Prisoners of Conscience in Syria – Rawanga
    165. International Organization for Human Rights and International Law / Norway
    166. The Arab Organization for Human Rights in Syria
    167. The Kurdish Organization for Human Rights in Syria (DAD)
    168. Egyptian Organization for Human Rights
    169. Moroccan Organization for Human Rights
    170. Mauritanian Organization for Rights and Freedoms / Mauritania
    171. Al Mouel Organization for Rights and Development / Yemen
    172. National Organization of Amazonas / Libya
    173. National Organization for Human Rights in Syria
    174. Yemeni Organization for Humanitarian Action / Yemen
    175. Amal Al Jamaher Organization for Human Development/ Iraq
    176. The Right of Return Organization 194/ Palestine
    177. Human Rights Organization in Syria- Maf
    178. Hammurabi Organization for Monitoring Democracy and Human Rights / Iraq
    179. Sawah Organization for Human Rights -Iraq
    180. Desert Youth Organization for Development and Human Rights / Libya
    181. The Organization of the Martyr of Freedom Nabeel Barkati: Memory and Fidelity
    182. Yemeni Organization for Defense Rights and Democratic Freedoms/Yemen
    183. The Middle East Foundation for Development and Human Rights (Yemen)
    184. Martyr Abu Jihad Al-Wazir Foundation for Persons with Disabilities/ Palestine
    185. Addameer Foundation for Human Rights/ Palestine
    186. ADDAMEER-Prisoner support and human rights association/Palestine
    187. Justice and Citizenship Foundation for Human Rights/ Egypt
    188. The Arab Foundation to support Civil Society and Human Rights/Egypt
    189. The Egyptian Foundation for the Advancement of Children’s Rights
    190. Future Partners Foundation for Development and Human Rights – Yemen
    191. Shabad Foundation for Women Empowerment and Sustainable Development /
    Iraq
    192. Amel Association International
    193. Justice Foundation for Human Rights / Yemen
    194. Mada Foundation for Human Rights / Iraq
    195. Dialogue Forum Foundation for Development and Human Rights / Egyp
    196. National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists
    197. The National Commission for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Rule of
    Law / Palestine
    198. The International Commission for Supporting the Rights of the Palestinian People
    199. The Palestinian Authority for PhD holders in the civil service