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Alert 24th Mar 2017 - 4th Anniversary of abduction, torture & imprisonment of Hares Boys
11 March 2017
DATE: Fri 24th Mar 2017 3pm-5pm
LOCATION: UK Mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross, 44 Moorfields, London EC2Y 9AL (near back entrance of Moorgate tube station)
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On Friday 24th March 2017, Inminds human rights group will protest outside the UK Mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in London to mark the 4th anniversary of the abduction, torture and caging of five Palestinian teens (the Hares Boys) who were taken by Israeli soldiers from their homes in the village of Hares in the West Bank and today are still imprisoned on 15 year sentences on trumped up false charges of throwing stones. Inminds will demand the Red Cross restore the twice-monthly family visits for Palestinian political prisoners which were cut last July, and for the ICRC to fulfil its duty towards Palestinian prisoners in ensuring the Fourth Geneva Convention is respected by Israel.
Inminds chair Abbas Ali said "On this day four years ago, 5 children from the village of Hares were being violently tortured at the notorious HP powered Israel dungeon at Al Jalame. Caged in tiny 'hole in the ground' children's cells three floors below the surface, the soldiers beat false confessions out of the children. An Israeli military court with a 99.74% conviction rate for Palestinian children robbed the children of their lives by 'rubber stamping' 15 years sentences on them for a crime that didn't even happen. We are privileged and honoured to have worked with the families of the boys for nearly 4 years to campaign for their freedom. Our first, of dozens of protests, was in July 2013 and we will inshAllah continue protesting until their freedom is achieved."
Inminds chair Abbas Ali added "We are particularly disappointed in the ICRC. They have shamefully co-opted into acting as an arm of the occupation in withholding family visits from Palestinian political prisoners and abrogated their responsibilities towards the prisoners. Under their charge, Israeli soldiers have boarded ICRC coaches, abused mothers and confiscated visiting permits to see their sons from them. The ICRC has let these crimes happen and have stayed silent over them. One of the mothers of the Hares Boys, Neimeh Shamlawi has told us that before the Red Cross cut family visits she used to be able to visit her son twice a month, then due to the Red Cross cuts it was just once a month and then after the soldiers took her visiting permit on an ICRC coach she hasn't been able to see her son for the last 5 months. The ICRC has done nothing about this. This is unacceptable. We demand the ICRC take responsibility and wield the considerable power their unique position provides them to help the Shamlawis and the other thousands of Palestinian prisoners families who are suffering directly due to their negligence. The ICRC was created on the mandate of ensuring that the Geneva Conventions are upheld, it's about time they fulfilled their mandate and stopped turning a blind eye to Israel's systematic breach of the Geneva Conventions."
For background information please see:
Second London Protest Demands ICRC Restore Family Visits For Palestinian Prisoners And Freedom For Hunger Strikers
London Protest Demands ICRC Restore Family Visits For Palestinian Prisoners And Freedom For Hunger Striker Bilal Kayed
Please join us on Friday 24th March outside the UK Mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross at 44 Moorfields, London EC2Y 9AL (on same street as the back entrance of Moorgate tube station.)
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Inminds Palestinian Prisoners Campaign
Inminds Palestinian Prisoners Campaign aims to raise awareness for the plight of Palestinian prisoners and build solidarity for their struggle and work towards their freedom. The campaign was launched on the occasion of Al Quds Day 2012 (on 17th August 2012), since then we have held actions every fortnight in support of Palestinian prisoners, if you can spare two hours twice a month then please join the campaign by coming to the next action.
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