UN concerned about health of Palestinian detainees

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Navi Pillay

United Nations officials have expressed concern about the health of Palestinian detainees on hunger strike in Israeli custody.

The prisoners who have not been charged or face trial are being held under what is called "administrative detention" by Israel.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has reiterated her concern about this practice and says persons detained must be charged and face trial or be promptly released.

UN Deputy Spokesperson Eduardo Del Buey says another senior UN official discussed this issue with a senior Palestinian official on Wednesday.

"Today, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territory, James Rawley, met with Palestinian Minister of Prisoner and Detainee Affairs, Issa Qaraqe, in Ramallah and expressed the United Nations' continued concern about Palestinian detainees in Israeli custody. They discussed the situation of four Palestinian detainees currently on hunger strike and, in particular, the critical health condition of one Palestinian detainee, Samer Issawi, who has been on hunger strike for more than 200 days." (29")

Del Buey says the UN official reiterated the Secretary-General's position that those detained should be charged and face trial in accordance with international standards or be released without delay.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

Duration: 1'22"

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