Former long-term hunger striker Akram al-Fassisi released from administrative detention after 20 months


Palestinian prisoner and long-term hunger striker Akram Al-Fassisi, 33, was released on 20 July after 20 months in administrative detention without charge or trial.

Al-Fassisi returned home to al-Khalil; he has been imprisoned since November 2014, on the basis of secret evidence and without charge or trial. He was re-arrested in 2014; in an earlier arrest, when he was also imprisoned without charge or trial under administrative detention, he won his freedom through a 50-day hunger strike.

He is married with four children. Al-Fassisi was one of nearly 750 Palestinians held without charge or trial under administrative detention, including Bilal Kayed, who was ordered to administrative detention after 14.5 years in Israeli prison instead of being released as scheduled on 13 June. Kayed has been on hunger strike for 37 days against his administrative detention, and has been joined by dozens of prisoners now on open hunger strike alongside him, and hundreds of prisoners involved in protest actions and partial strikes within the prison. Kayed is held in Barzilai hospital, where he is shackled and and foot to the hospital bed. He consumes only water and refuses salt, vitamins, or medical examinations, and is demanding his immediate release.