Geneva, ALRAY - Two United Nations experts called Wednesday for holding the Israeli occupation authorities accountable for the death of Palestinian detainee Khader Adnan after 87 days of hunger strike against his arbitrary incarceration.
Francesca Albanese, UN special rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories, and Tlaleng Mofokeng, UN special rapporteur on the right to health, denounced the mass arbitrary detention of Palestinians as “cruel” and “inhumane.”
“The death of Khader Adnan is a tragic testament to ‘Israel’s’ cruel and inhumane detention policy and practices, as well as the international community’s failure to hold ‘Israel’ accountable in the face of callous illegalities perpetrated against Palestinians,” the experts said.
They continued: “We cannot separate ‘Israel’s’ carceral policies from the colonial nature of its occupation, intended to control and subjugate all Palestinians in the territory ‘Israel’ wants to control.”
They stressed that administrative detention is "tantamount to a war crime of wilfully depriving protected persons of the rights of fair and regular trial.”
They called on the international community to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for its "illegal acts in the occupied territory and stop the normalization of war crimes, which have become a daily reality in the lives of Palestinians."
Adnan died early Tuesday morning in an Israeli jail after an 87-day hunger strike to protest his arbitrary detention without charge or trial.
Adnan began his open-ended hunger strike shortly after being detained by the Israeli occupation army during a raid on his home in Arraba town in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin on 5 February.