|Posted By: THE PALESTINE RIGHT TO RETURN COALITION|
|To: Members in 11 Causes|
According to Defense Children International, in October and November 2011, at least four Palestinian children were held in solitary confinement by the Israeli occupation army for between 3 and 24 days.
To read the story of Rasheed J. who was held in solitary confinement, go here:http://links.causes.com/s/clBbP0
On 18 October 2011, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture called for an end to the practice of solitary confinement as well as a complete ban on its use for juveniles. "Considering the severe mental pain or suffering solitary confinement may cause,"
Mr. Méndez warned, "it can amount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment when used as a punishment, during pretrial detention, indefinitely or for a prolonged period, for persons with mental disabilities or juveniles." (See report to the General Assembly - http://links.causes.com/s/clBbP7)
Please write to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to demand that they direct the state of Israel to immediately cease all targeted arrests of Palestinian children, and to release all Palestinian children from its prisons including those held in solitary confinement. The US administration must demand an immediate end to all forms of institutionalized and systematic abuse of Palestinian children by the state of Israel. The US government, which supports Israel to the tune of billions of taxpayer dollars a year while most ordinary Americans are suffering in a very bad economy, is bound by its laws and international conventions to cut off all aid to Israel until it ends all of its violations of human rights and basic freedoms in a verifiable manner.
To contact the White House, please use http://links.causes.com/s/clBbPN
Alternatively, write to:
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
To contact the Secretary of State:
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
Main Switchboard: 202-647-4000
Secretary Hillary Clinton Office: 202-647-5291
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA
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