Lavinia Moore (SA) writes to Foreign Minister Carr re Palestinian political prisoners 13May12 May 13, 2012

Dear Minister Carr,

I am writing to you regarding an extremely urgent human rights matter. In Israeli prisons there are, as we all know, many thousands of political prisoners being held in breach of international covenants, conventions and other laws. Thousands are being held under what the Israeli government euphemistically calls administrative detention. These prisoners’ crime is to be Palestinian. And that is a crime because they are an ever-present reminder of the crime committed against them: the occupation of their land. Many of these prisoners are on hunger strike in a desperate attempt to get the world to act and support them in their demands that their rights not be usurped. While you may personally choose to take a political stance that ignores the facts of history, can I remind you that Australia, and therefore Australians, are bound by UN conventions and laws, being a signatory to those which are relevant to this situation. Being a signatory we are bound by law and we are obliged to act when other states or persons breach these laws. I ask that you fulfil this duty and on behalf of all of us in Australia, demand that Israel end “administrative detention” and ensure that in the future that all prisoners of Israel are accorded their rights as stated under international law. In this situation of extreme urgency, those rights would necessarily include immediate medical attention and release.

Yours Sincerely,

Lavinia Moore

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