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6 June 2014
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY FARHAN HAQ, DEPUTY SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
FRIDAY, 6 JUNE 2014
SECRETARY-GENERAL: PALESTINIAN DETAINEES SHOULD BE CHARGED OR RELEASED WITHOUT DELAY
The Secretary-General said he was
about reports regarding the deteriorating health of Palestinian administrative detainees who have been on hunger strike for over a month. He reiterated his long-standing position that administrative detainees should be charged or released without delay.
The United Nations on the ground is closely following the overall situation of Palestinian detainees.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights recently reiterated to the Government of Israel the Secretary-General’s concerns on these issues. She also expressed concerns regarding a legislative amendment before the Israeli Knesset that, if passed, would permit force-feeding and medical treatment of prisoners on hunger strike against their will under certain conditions, in contravention of international standards.
The Secretary-General has taken note of the related concerns raised recently by various human rights organizations and has responded, reiterating the United Nations well known positions.
Asked about Israeli settlement activity, the Spokesman said that the building of settlements on occupied territory is illegal under international law. In his statement on Thursday, the Secretary-General called on Israel to heed the calls of the international community to freeze settlement activity and abide by its commitments under international law and the Road Map.
The Spokesman added that the Secretary-General had spoken by phone today with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.