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Anderson calls for immediate release of Bilal Kayed

23 August, 2016 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called for the immediate release of Palestinian hunger striker Bilal Kayed. 

Speaking at a solidarity rally in Derry last night, Ms Anderson said; 

"Bilal Kayed has been on hunger strike since 15 June and has been joined by nearly 100 fellow prisoners who are refusing food to demand his freedom.

"He is one of 750 Palestinians, including several children,  held under administrative detention. 

"This outrageous policy used by the Israeli authorities to charge and intern Palestinians without trial, is a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and of the guarantee to a fair trial.

"Sinn Féin stands alongside the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom and statehood.

"Bilal Kayed, and all other Palestinians held under administrative detention must be released immediately.

"The international community must stand up and condemn Israel’s use of so-called administrative detention and demand that Israel respect international law and the fundamental rights and dignity of the Palestinian people."

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