Foreign affairs and expatriates: intense political, legal and diplomatic efforts in defense of prisoners and their legitimate right to freedom
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and expatriates affirmed that the freedom of Palestinian prisoners and detainees is the highest priority of its foreign policy, and paid tribute to the prisoners of liberty in the Israeli occupation prisons on the occasion of the Palestinian prisoners Day, considering them as holders of the Brigade of hope and freedom and steadfast in the face The wanton occupation. The persistence of the arbitrary mass detention policy of Israel, the occupying Power, is an integral part of its system of persecution and repression for the perpetuation of its colonial system in the occupied state of Palestine.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and expatriates stressed that the Israeli court system, including the military, is the arms of the Israeli occupation and contributes to the consolidation of its colonization of the territory of the State of Palestine through its violation of international standards and the guarantees of a fair trial set out in the Charters and conventions . This system includes a military court for children, which is the first and only one in the world, and every year between 500 and 700 Palestinian children are arrested at a conviction rate of 100%, in clear contravention of the principles of human rights and international humanitarian law, as these courts aim to criminalize the Palestinian people for refusing Of the Israeli occupation and their claim to their fundamental and national rights. More than 5,700 Palestinian prisoners are currently languishing in illegal Israeli jails, including 250 children and 47 women.
The ministry pointed out that the Israeli policy of detention is a systematic and widespread crime, which is used among the collective punishments imposed by the occupying Power on our Palestinian people. This policy touches on the entire spectrum of the Palestinian people, children, women and deputies, as well as leaders, academics, activists and human rights defenders. It called for the immediate cessation of these policies, which serve to suppress and intimidate our people and other policies of daily arrests, especially night-time arrests of Palestinian children and women, as well as the need to end the systematic policies of hazing and torture against detainees, especially children and women. The Ministry also stressed the need to support our brave and steadfast prisoners in the occupation prisons, the title of the freedom of the Palestinian people, and end the suffering of children and women in occupation prisons.
The Ministry called upon the international community, including the High Contracting Parties to the four Geneva Conventions, to shoulder its legal responsibilities by providing protection to the Palestinian people, especially children, and respecting their obligations under international law and taking the necessary measures and steps To hold accountable and hold accountable Israel, the occupying Power, for its ongoing crimes and violations against our steadfast people on their land, especially prisoners and prisoners in occupation prisons, as well as the need for the speedy and immediate release of Palestinian detainees and prisoners as a humanitarian duty And legal on States and every defender of freedom around the world.
In conclusion, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and expatriates stressed that it would make all political, legal and diplomatic efforts to defend the issue of prisoners and their legitimate rights to freedom, thereby guaranteeing the freedom of the Palestinian people, the end of the Israeli occupation and the embodiment of an independent state of Palestine with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.