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HRIA demands to exert pressure on the Israeli occupation authorities to take the necessary measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus among Palestinian prisoners and detainees and hold the occupation authorities the legal responsibility for that.

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HRIA urged the Red Cross and a number of personalities and international bodies to exert pressure on the Israeli occupation authorities to take the necessary measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus among Palestinian prisoners and detainees and to hold the occupation authorities the legal responsibility for that, indicating the occupation authorities’ refusal to provide the vaccine to the Palestinian prisoners although more than 140 prisoners were infected with the virus in 2020.

The Association said in its letter that the occupation authorities are seeking, through this, to exterminate them, which contravenes the obligations of the Israeli occupation authorities as an occupying power, and represents a grave violation of the Geneva Conventions that require humane treatment of prisoners of war at all times.

The association clarified that the commitment of the international community to protect the detainees and prisoners is not a new commitment in international relations. Rather, there are many principles that can be relied upon to establish the duty to protect detainees and prisoners. HRIA urged to impose real oversight on the behavior of the occupation authorities towards the Palestinian prisoners, to exert pressure on them to take all necessary preventive measures to stop the spread of Corona virus among Palestinian prisoners and detainees.

Reference: 1/2021

Original language: Arabic

Dear Mr.

 Re: A protest letter regarding the occupation authorities’ refusal to give Palestinian prisoners the Coronavirus vaccine

Human Rights Institutions Association – HRIA sends to you its warmest greetings,

We address you with this letter to express our deep condemnation and concern regarding the refusal of the Israeli occupation authorities to vaccinate the Palestinian prisoners and detainees with the Coronavirus vaccine, especially amid the outbreak of the epidemic among them. In 2020, 140 prisoners were infected because of the policy of medical neglect and the detention in inhuman conditions that do not meet the minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners.

Dear Sir,

Those who are familiar with and follow the policy of the Israeli occupation authorities against Palestinian prisoners and detainees, particularly linking giving the vaccine to inhumane and illegal conditions, clearly notice that the occupation is seeking to exterminate them, which contravenes the obligations of the Israeli occupation authorities as an occupying power, and represents a grave violation of the Geneva Conventions which stipulate humane treatment of prisoners of war at all times and prohibit the detaining state from committing any unlawful act or negligence that causes the death of prisoners. The state that detains prisoners of war must guarantee to provide the medical care required for their health condition without charge. Also, the detaining state is required to hold legal responsibilities and obligations, the most important of which is to treat its prisoners and detainees as it treats its citizens, but the Israeli occupation authorities are still denying those obligations, which heralds an unpleasant humanitarian disaster.

Dear Sir,

The commitment of the international community to protect detainees and prisoners is not a new commitment in international relations. Rather, there are many principles that can be relied upon to establish the duty to protect detainees and prisoners, including the principle of prohibiting acts of revenge and collective punishment. The International Committee of the Red Cross, as the guardian of international humanitarian law, has a duty to protect Palestinian prisoners and detainees and to exert pressure for the application and enforcement of the provisions and rules of international law and the relevant Geneva Conventions.

Therefore we, at Human Rights Institutions Association – HRIA, urge you to impose real oversight on the behavior of the occupation authorities towards the Palestinian prisoners, to exert pressure on them to take all necessary preventive measures to stop the spread of Corona virus among Palestinian prisoners and detainees, including providing them with vaccinations urgently, and to hold the occupation authorities full legal responsibility for the health and safety of the Palestinian prisoners and detainees in their prisons.

Human Rights Institutions Association – HRIA

January 6, 2021

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