Ahrar center: medical negligence in Israeli jails violates international law

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NABLUS, (PIC)– Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights confirmed that medical negligence practiced systematically in Israeli prisons violated international laws, norms and conventions.

Fouad Khuffash, director of Ahrar Center, stated that the international laws emphasized the responsibility of the detaining authorities to provide adequate conditions and health services in prisons similarly to those available outside the detention centers, where the Fourth Geneva Convention stressed the Standard Minimum Rules of the Treatment of Detainees.

The human rights researcher declared that these rules are not followed in the Israeli prisons, where the Palestinian prisoners are forced many times to pay for their own treatment, pointing out to the unhealthy detention centers which lack many necessary components.

The international rules stressed the prisoners’ right to have medical examinations at least once per month, for monitoring the health and nutritional status of the prisoner, and have X-ray examination once a year at least, insisting on the hygiene and cleanliness of the institution and the prisoners.

All these rules are not implemented in the Israeli jails, where the Palestinian prisoners spend months waiting for his turn for medical treatment.

The human rights center said that dozens of operations were postponed under false pretenses.

Khuffash called on the International Health Organization and Doctors Without Borders organization to stand against the Israeli flagrant violations against prisoners in its jails.
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