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Palestinian Prisoner Bilal Kayed ends hunger strike after 71 days,the struggle against administrative detention continues

By Editor - August 29, 2016
Section: [Main News] [Behind Bars]
Tags: [prisoners] [Administrative detention] [Addameer] [Israeli Supreme Court] [UN] [Hunger Strike]

Bilal Kayed has suspended his 71-day hunger strike after an agreement was reached between the Addameeer prisoners’ rights group attorney Mahmoud Hassan and the military prosecution. The agreement stipulates that Mr. Kayed’s administrative detention will not be renewed further than 12 December 2016, his scheduled release date.

Bilal Kayed's lawyer, Farah Bayadsi, confirmed the deal saying, "He suspended his hunger strike after we consulted with him and he gave his approval", according to AFP.

Israeli authorities issued an administrative detention order against Bilal Kayed on the day of his scheduled release from prison, after serving a 14.5-year sentence for activities in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. To protest his detention, Mr. Kayed went on hunger strike on June 15.

International organizations have been deeply concerned about his deteriorating heath. "On 13 June 2016, the day of his scheduled release, a six-month administrative detention order was issued against him on unspecified security grounds and relying on secret evidence," Cecile Pouilly, spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said on Tuesday.
"Mr. Kayed is reported to be in a critical condition and doctors have informed him that he may suffer irreversible damage to his health," she said.

However Bilal Kayed is currently in the intensive care unit of an Israeli hospital, chained by the leg to his bed. The Israeli Supreme court will take the decision on Tuesday to unchain him, and stated that the matter was still before a lower court and therefore they were not able to intervene for now.

During the last month many demonstrations have taken place around the West Bank and Gaza to ask for Kayed's release, but also demanding an end to imprisonment without trial and administrative detention.

According to the prisoners’ rights group Addameer, in July, 7000 Palestinians political prisoners were being held in Israeli jails. 750 of them are administrative detainees.

Four Palestinians being held in administrative detention who have also been on hunger strike for over 40 days are now in a critical condition, according to Adameer. They remain in hospital, chained to their hospital beds.

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