Palestinian victim of Israeli administrative detention now in coma

Posted: August 16, 2015 by Admin in At the coalface, Hunger Strikes, Imperialism and anti-imperialism, Internationalism, Israel, Middle East, Palestine, State repression, State terrorism
Maazouze, the mother of Mohammed Allaan, a Palestinian prisoner who is on a long-term hunger strike, holds a portrait of her son during a rally calling for his release in the southern Israeli city of Beersheva on August 9, 2015. The International Committee of the Red Cross warned on August 7 that the alleged Islamic Jihad activist, held without charge since November, was "at immediate risk" of death after fasting for 50 days. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLIAHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images

Maazouze, the mother of Mohammed Allaan, a Palestinian prisoner who is on a long-term hunger strike, holds a portrait of her son during a rally calling for his release in the southern Israeli city of Beersheva on August 9, 2015. The International Committee of the Red Cross warned on August 7 that the alleged Islamic Jihad activist, held without charge since November, was “at immediate risk” of death after fasting for 50 days. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLIAHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images

August 14, 2015:

Administrative detainee Mohammad Allan who has been on hunger strike for the past 59 days has lost consciousness this morning, Friday 14 August 2015, and was placed on life support devices by doctors in Barzilai hospital in Askalan. Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association learntthat Allan’s health has deteriorated overnight and he eventually lost consciousness around 9 am this morning. Doctors reported to Allan’s mother and his lawyer that he was suffering from continuous shivering and seizures and was unable to breathe before he lost consciousness. Doctors then intervened urgently in light of Allan’s medical condition and proceeded to resuscitate him, placed him on a life supporting respirator and administered minerals and nutrients to his body. Allan remains in an unstable and critical condition.

Mohammad Allan started an open-ended hunger strike on the 16th of June 2015 in protest to the renewal of his administrative detention without trial for further six months in May. Israeli occupation authorities have refused Allan’s call, who is a lawyer himself, to be released and instead tried to coerce Allan to end his hunger strike.

Addameer condemns Israel’s actions towards Mohammad Allan and holds Israeli authorities liable for Allan’s current condition. Allan’s detention without charge or trial for the past 9 months violates international norms and standards that prohibit the systematic use of administrative detention by the occupying power and limit its use under the Fourth Geneva Convention for imperative security reasons and limits it within the confines of the fundamental guarantees of fair trial. Allan was denied a fair trial and placed under arbitrary detention without being informed of his charges or given the prospect to challenge his detentionbefore a fair and independent judiciary.

Addameer further denounces Israel’s attempts to undermine the right of Palestinian prisoners and detainees to challenge the violations they face including the arbitrary detention without charge or trial through the peaceful protest means of hunger strikes. Israel has intentionally allowed Allan’s situation to deteriorate to this point and refused to end his arbitrary detention in an attempt to deprive Palestinian detainees from their fundamental right to peaceful protest and ban them from demanding justice, dignity and their basic rights as enshrined under the Geneva Convention and human rights treaties.

Moreover, Addameer condemns Israel’s escalation in prisons of the south (Nafha, Rimon, Eshel) this morning where several sections were closed and prisoners were banned from collectively holding the Friday prayer, and demands the immediate and unconditional release of Mohammad Allan and putting an end to his arbitrary administrative detention.

See more at: http://www.addameer.org/news/administrative-detainee-mohammad-allan-loses-consciousness-after-59-days-hunger-strike-and-0#sthash.H2PvgLbj.dpuf

The above piece is taken from the Addameer site.  Addameer (Arabic for conscience) Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association is a Palestinian non-governmental, civil institution that works to support Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. Established in 1992 by a group of activists interested in human rights, the center offers free legal aid to political prisoners, advocates their rights at the national and international level, and works to end torture and other violations of prisoners’ rights through monitoring, legal procedures and solidarity campaigns.

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