UN concerned about death of a Palestinian detainee

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Robert Serry speaks to journalists during his visit to Gaza. (Photo Date: 25/11/2012)

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, has expressed deep concern about the death of a Palestinian in Israeli detention on Saturday.

Arafat Jaradat was arrested on 18 February and kept in what Israeli authorities call administrative detention without charge.

The UN Special Coordinator says he is saddened by the death of Mr. Jaradat and sends his condolences to his family.

According to reports, Palestinians have said that an autopsy on Mr. Jaradat's body revealed signs of torture, but Israelis said the injuries were probably caused by attempts to resuscitate him.

UN Deputy Spokesman, Eduardo Del Buey says the Special Coordinator takes note of the preliminary findings of the autopsy that was conducted with the participation of Israeli and Palestinian experts.

"The United Nations expects the autopsy to be followed by an independent and transparent investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Jaradat's death, the results of which should be made public as soon as possible. The Special Coordinator reaffirms the position expressed by the Secretary-General last week that international human rights obligations towards all Palestinian detainees and prisoners in Israeli custody must be fully respected. The United Nations remains concerned about the deteriorating health of Palestinian detainees on hunger strike." (29")

Mr. Del Buey says the UN reiterates that those held in administrative detention without charge should be charged and face trial with judicial guarantees in accordance with international standards, or else be promptly released.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

Duration: 1'37"

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