Date: 19 Nov 2021
Original Lang.: Arabic
ICSPR calls on the international community to open an effective investigation into the circumstances of the martyrdom of the Palestinian detainee “Sami Aabed Al-Amour” in the Israeli occupation prisons.
The International Commission to Support Palestinians’ Rights (ICSPR) follows up with great concern and condemnation the announcement of the martyrdom of the Palestinian detainee Sami Aabed Al-Amour (39 years), from the city of Deir Al-Balah in the Gaza Strip, who had been detained since 2008 and sentenced to 19 years, and who was martyred this morning, Thursday, November 18, in the Israeli (Soroka) Hospital.
Al-Amour suffered from diseases and health problems that significantly exacerbated due to the policy of deliberate medical negligence in occupation prisons, which is in stark contrast to the most basic principles of the treatment of prisoners adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979 and 1990, which emphasized the protection of the health and provision of medical care for detained persons.
ICSPR holds the Israeli occupation authorities fully responsible for the martyrdom of Al-Amour, as a result of its implementation of the policy of slow killing of Palestinian prisoners, and affirms that the continuation of the policy of medical negligence against prisoners and detainees constitutes a real threat to their lives inside the prisons, especially in light of the silence and inability of the international community and its organizations to curb the crimes of the occupation. The martyrdom of Al-Amour rises the number of Palestinian martyrs in the occupation prisons to (227) since 1967, (72) of whom were due to medical negligence. Therefore:
- ICSPR calls on the international community to work hard to form an urgent and impartial international commission of inquiry, to reveal the circumstances of the martyrdom of Al-Amour, and to announce its results and hold its perpetrators accountable.
- ICSPR calls on the Palestinian leadership to refer the file of Israeli violations against prisoners and detainees to the International Criminal Court, and urges it to open an immediate investigation into the grave violations they are subjected to inside the Israeli prisons, and work hard to internationalize their just cause.