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Sinn Féin representatives meet with lawyers of Palestinian Hunger Striker

15 August, 2016 - by Fra McCann, Paul Gavan

Sinn Féin representatives Fra McCann MLA and Senator Paul Gavan flew into Palestine last night and immediately met with the lawyers of Palestinian Hunger Striker Bilal Kayed.

McCann and Gavan received a full briefing concerning Kayed who is now entering his 62nd day of hunger strike while being held under "administrative detention" by Israeli Authorities.

"Bilal's health is a cause of major concern at this point" said Mr McCann,

"He is currently shackled by hand and foot to a hospital bed in what is an appalling abuse of his human rights and his dignity. The Israeli authorities must take immediate steps to release Bilal from what is effectively internment without trial

Senator Gavan explained "This isn't just about Bilal Kayed- there are currently 750 Palestinian prisoners including eight children being held under so called "administrative detention" which is completely contrary to the principles of natural justice."

The Sinn Féin representatives plan to meet with the family of Bilal Kayed today, along with representatives of Palestian Prisoner Support Groups. They are also hoping to visit Bilal Kayed before they return to Ireland on Wednesday.

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