On February 22nd Parliamentary Delegation for Relations with Palestine organised an emergency session called to address the case of imprisoned Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq on his 90th day of hunger strike.
The session was chaired by MEP Margrete Auken of Denmark; the chair of the delegation is MEP Martina Anderson of Ireland. The delegation traveled to Palestine on 8-12 February; the detention of Palestinian prisoners was one of the key issues explored in meetings with human rights organizations and officials.
Charlotte Kates and Mohammed Khatib from Samidoun – Palestinian Prisoner Support Network addressed the current situation of al-Qeeq, the origins of administrative detention in Palestine and the case of Omar Nayef Zayed, former Palestinian prisoner currently threatened with extradition from Bulgaria, as an urgent case of a Palestinian facing imprisonment with the full involvement of an EU member state.
Several members of Parliament emphasized the importance of taking urgent action on the case of al-Qeeq as his life is threatened at any time, including calling upon the European Commission to take substantive actions.
More information: Samidoun – Palestinian Prisoner Support Network