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Life of Journalist in Hunger-strike Endangered
الخسة والصلف والعنجهية والتكبر ماركة مسجلة لنهج الرئيس عباس وفقا لبيان حركة فتح؟؟؟
COPPS is directly responsible for the deteriorated health of Palestinian journalist JournalistMohamed Shoukri Awad from Budrus village, West of Ramallah and other political detainees incarcerated at the prisons of the Palestinian Authority. Mr. Awad and other Prisoners are in hunger strike to protest their lawless incarceration by the PA and to demand their immediate release.
“Friends of Humanity International” urges the Palestinian Authority to release hunger-striking journalist Mohammed Awad“Friends of Humanity International” has urged the PA President Mahmoud Abbas and the chief of the caretaker government in Ramallah Salam Fayyad to release the hunger striking journalist Mohammed Awad, whom the Palestinian security services arrested on February 19.In a press release issued Monday, the organization said that the arrest of Mohammed Shukri Awad, 25, from Budros near Ramallah, who works as a journalist at Ramsat Agency for media production, and detaining him without any justification in the Preventive Security Force headquarters in the West Bank prison of Petunia by the Palestinian Authority, presents an arbitrary act against him.The Vienna-based human rights group demanded the Palestinian Authority to treat Awad in accordance with the law, which ensures his physical and psychological harm, and to immediately release him and enable his safe return to his family and to let him practice his journalistic work freely. It also called upon the PA to promote public freedoms and renounce the policies of arbitrary detention and interrogation, which have received a lot of international criticism and denunciation.The organization pointed out that the successive human rights reports about the bad treatment of detainees inside the PA’s detention centers since 1993 caused deep concern that the detained journalist could face torture and abuse.Also, it called upon both the European Union and the donor countries to reconsider their unconditional support of the PA security services because of the repeated disregard of law and human rights.It is noteworthy that Mohammed Awad was arrested by the PA security services for political reasons for three times before, during which he spent more than 11 months in detention centers and was tortured by interrogators. The Ramallah court had decided on April 7 to release him on bail, and therefore his family did all the required procedures. However, the same court backed down on its verdict an hour later, because it was believed that the Public Prosecution put pressure on it under the pretext of conducting further investigation.