Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israel near death

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A Palestinian released in the exchange of prisoners by Israel and Hamas in 2011

Two Palestinian  prisoners who are on a hunger strike in Israeli prisons are in imminent danger of death, according to the UN Agency assisting Palestinians UNRWA.

The two prisoners are among thousands of Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike for more than 74 days.

UNRWA Commissioner General Filippo Grandi said the health and medical conditions of the prisoners was deteriorating fast and appealed to the Israeli government to find an acceptable solution.

He says the demands by the hunger strikers were generally related to the basic rights of prisoners as stipulated in the Geneva conventions.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says Palestinians held in Israeli prisons under administrative detention be brought to trial or be set free. Ravina Shamdasani is from the UN Human Rights office.

"This is an issue that we've raised time and again with Israel. Its extensive use of administrative detention is a cause of concern not only to us but a number of Special Rapporteurs and treaty bodies including the Human Rights Committee. International law is clear on this; administrative detention should only be used in exceptional cases and only for imperative reasons of security. Administrative detainees should have the right to challenge the lawfulness of their detention, and the Human Rights Committee has clearly stated that fair trial guarantees that are in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights should apply to civilian and military tribunals."

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