Document - Israel/OPT: Further information: Danger as health of detainees deteriorates


Further information on UA: 119/12 Index: MDE 15/049/2012 Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories Date: 31 August 2012


danger as health of detainees deteriorates

Hunger-striking administrative detainees Samer al-Barq and Hassan Safadi are in grave danger as their health deteriorates. They are protesting against their detention without charge or trial and repeated incidents in which they say they were ill-treated by Israel Prison Service (IPS) guards as punishment for their protest.

Samer al-Barq and Hassan Safadi, on hunger strike since 22 May and 21 June 2012 respectively, were transferred from the IPS Medical Centre in Ramleh prison to Assaf Harofeh public hospital on 27 August. Samer al-Barq’s lawyer said he is on a drip, but has not received or been told he will receive the specialized medical treatment he requires. Prior to his transfer, he was suffering from liver problems, and had a low pulse rate and low blood pressure. Hassan Safadi was also suffering from liver problems and was unable to straighten his back.

The detainees told lawyers from local NGO Addameer that they were attacked on 13 August by IPS guards in the Ramleh prison clinic for refusing to move to a cell holding non-hunger-striking inmates. Hassan Safadi’s head was reported to have been slammed against the cell door twice so that he lost consciousness. They were finally transferred to an isolation cell without mattresses.

Samer al-Barq’s administrative detention order was renewed for three months on 22 August. A decision on the judicial review of the order was postponed until 4 September due to his hospitalization. Such reviews, based on evidence which is not disclosed to the detainee, usually result in confirmation of the detention order. An initial session on 28 August took place at Assaf Harofeh hospital while Samer al-Barq was shackled to his hospital bed. His lawyer said he had great difficulty speaking and was probably not even fully aware throughout the proceedings.

Please write immediately in Hebrew or your own language:

Calling for Samer al-Barq and Hassan Safadi to remain in a civilian hospital and receive the specialized medical treatment they require, be given prompt and regular access to doctors of their choice and visits from family members, and be treated humanely and with dignity at all times;

Urging the Israeli authorities to ensure that the men are not subjected to further ill-treatment or punishment for their hunger strike, and conduct a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into their claims of ill-treatment;

Calling for the two men and all other administrative detainees to be released, unless they are promptly charged with recognizable criminal offences and tried according to international fair trial standards.


Israel Prison Service Commissioner

Lieutenant-General Aharon Franco

Israel Prison Service, PO Box 81

Ramleh 72100, Israel

Fax: +972 8 919 3800

Salutation: Dear Lieutenant-General

Minister of Public Security

Yitzhak Aharonovitch

Ministry of Public Security

Kiryat Hamemshala

Jerusalem 91181, Israel

Fax: +972 2 584 7872


Salutation: Dear Minister

And copies to:

Military Advocate General

Brigadier General Danny Efroni

6 David Elazar Street

Hakirya, Tel Aviv, Israel

Fax: +972 3 569 4526


Salutation: Dear Brigadier General

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danger as health of detainees deteriorates

ADditional Information

A mass hunger strike of around 2,000 Palestinian prisoners and detainees protesting poor prison conditions, including solitary confinement, denial of family visits and detention without charge, ended on 14 May 2012 following an Egyptian-brokered deal with the Israeli authorities. The deal included an agreement by the authorities to end the solitary confinement of 19 prisoners and lift a ban on family visits for prisoners from the Gaza Strip. A limited number of family visits for Gaza prisoners have taken place thus far, and detainees are still being placed in solitary confinement. Despite media reports suggesting that Israel had agreed that administrative detention orders would not be renewed unless significant new intelligence information was presented, the Israeli authorities have continued renewing such orders and issuing new ones. See Amnesty International’s report, Starved of justice: Palestinians detained without trial by Israel (Index: MDE 15/026/2012), issued on 6 June 2012 (

Hassan Safadi, aged 33, has been held without charge or trial since 29 June 2011. He ended a previous hunger strike of 70 days in May 2012. His previous administrative detention order expired in June but was renewed for another six months, prompting him to restart his hunger strike on 21 June. A judicial review of his current administrative detention order was first postponed on 25 July when witnesses failed to appear and the judge has yet to issue a decision. His lawyer had requested that Israeli officials who participated in the negotiations leading to the May deal which ended the mass hunger strike provide evidence concerning details of the agreement relating to the use of administrative detention. Since then the judicial review has been postponed several times. Recent tests indicate that Hassan Safadi has kidney stones caused by his hunger strike. He is also suffering problems with his vision, headaches and dizziness.

Samer al-Barq, who is 37 years old and has been held without charge or trial since July 2010, ended a previous hunger strike after 30 days in May 2012 but resumed his hunger strike on 22 May after his detention order was renewed for three months.

Both Hassan Safadi and have told their lawyers and a doctor who examined them that they were repeatedly beaten and verbally abused during searches of their room at the in Ramleh prison. Samer al-Barq said he was also assaulted during a transfer to and from Ofer military court on 31 July. The two men were held together in a poorly ventilated small room where there is no space for their wheelchairs, which they need to use for reaching the toilet and other daily necessities.

Visits by independent doctors to the two men are repeatedly denied by the IPS unless a court orders the IPS to permit the visit. On 2 August the two detainees were seen by a doctor from PHR-I who reported that they were weak and their lives would be in danger if the hunger strike continued or if re-feeding was initiated without proper medical supervision. A pattern has evolved that when their health deteriorates they are transferred to a civilian hospital, where they remain for a day or a few days before being returned to the IPS Medical Centre in Ramleh prison, which cannot provide the specialized medical care they need. In Assaf Harofeh hospital they are usually shackled to their beds, which constitutes cruel and degrading treatment given their prolonged hunger strikes.

According to Addameer, two other Palestinian men held in Israeli prisons, Ayman Sharawna and Samer al-Issawi, have been on hunger strike since 1 July and 1 August respectively. Ayman Sharawna was arrested on 31 January 2012, three months after being released as part of a prisoner exchange in October 2011. Addameer reported that the Israeli authorities claim that Ayman Sharawna broke the conditions of his release and that he is now serving the remainder of his sentence.

Name: Hassan Safadi, Samer al-Barq

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Further information on UA: 119/12. Index: MDE 15/049/2012 Issue Date: 31 August 2012


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