Ramallah, 7 March 2012 – Join Addameer and call for the immediate release of all female political prisoners and detainees from Israeli prisons on Women’s Day, 8 March 2012. As of March 2012, seven Palestinian women remain in Israel’s prisons and detention centers, including one woman, Hana Shalabi, currently held in administrative detention and on hunger strike for 21 days.
- End the systematic abuse of administrative detention and provide every female detainee and prisoner with access to the legal support she is entitled to under international humanitarian law;
- Provide female prisoners with detailed information on the length of their detention and the date of their release without undue delay;
- Ensure that prison and detention cells meet basic requirements of hygiene and health as required by the UN Minimum Standard Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners;
- Immediately bring to an end practices of sexual violence, including strip searches and invasive body searches and use of threats and/or other forms of sexual assault;
- Conduct proper independent and serious investigations into complaints of assault, and provide safeguards until proper investigation outcomes are reached;
- Allow visits of specialized doctors adequately trained to deliver health care in a prison environment, including mental health doctors, and ensure that hospital/doctor visits are allowed when requested;
- Allow open family visits and communication with family members via phone.
- Attend an event supporting Palestinian female prisoners on Women’s Day. Addameer would like to draw attention to various local actions supporting Hana Shalabi and women’s rights, including a demonstration at Qalandia checkpoint at 12:30pm, a march starting at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem at 2:00pm, and a protest in Haifa.
- Send a letter with the above statement and recommendations to:
P.O. Box 18182
- Write to your own elected representatives urging them to pressure Israel to release all Palestinian women prisoners.
- Send letters of support to the women in prison. If you wish to write letters to a detainee – please contact Addameer at email@example.com and we will provide you with details.