The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) joins the rest of the world’s human rights community and peace-loving people across the world in demanding the immediate release of Palestinian Journalist Mohammed al Qeeq.
Qeeq has been on a hunger strike for close to three months protesting his “administrative detention” by the Israeli occupation army. Administrative detention is imprisonment without charge and is almost universally considered a tool of suppression of dissent and as a way to punish individuals engaging in activities that are protected under international laws and conventions. Administrative detention is widely used by oppressive and undemocratic regimes in violation of the most basic of human rights.
Mr. Qeeq is a peaceful person, a family man, a father of two children. Qeeq is another example of hundreds of journalists who were subject to harsh treatment and abuse by the Israeli forces in the occupied territories of West Bank. He is in the same position as almost 700 other Palestinians in administrative detention.
AHRC strongly condemns the administrative detention of Mr. Qeeq as an inhumane practice by the Israeli authorities and demands full protection for all Palestinian journalists who are the truth tellers as to the Israeli illegal occupation and its immoral and illegal practices. We are also deeply concerned over Mr. Qeeq’s deteriorating health.
“Unfortunately, Palestinian journalist Mohamad al Qeeq’s case is another painful reminder of the injustice of the Israeli occupation and its pervasive and unrelenting violation of the most basic of the human rights of the long occupied and oppressed Palestinian people,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. “His illegal and inhumane detention is a blatant violation of his most basic of human rights. We demand his immediate release, ” continued Hamad.