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Sheehan calls for immediate release of Palestinian hunger striker

8 August, 2016 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin MLA and international spokesperson Pat Sheehan has called for the immediate release of Palestinian prisoner Belal Kayed, currently being held on Administrative Detention. Mr Kayed is engaged in a prolonged Hunger Strike.

Speaking today Pat Sheehan said:

“Belal Kayed began his hunger strike on the 15th June in protest against being held without trial or charges under what the Israeli authorities term ‘Administrative Detention’.

“This in essence is internment without trial, a policy which many republican prisoners were subjected to during the conflict in the north.

“There are serious human rights concerns surrounding the treatment of Belal Kayed. He should have been released after the completion of his 14-year sentence. However the Israeli authorities are continuing to hold him despite a continued deterioration in his health and he is being tied to a hospital bed by his hands and legs.

“This is entirely unacceptable.

“The international community must intervene immediately and call on the Israeli government to end the administrative detention of Palestinian prisoners.”

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