An international month of solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners has been announced by UFree network to defend the rights of Palestinian prisoners and detainees. The month of solidarity and activities from across the world is set to be April 2013, and is considered to be the hub of wide-scale events and actions to support Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israeli jails
In statements released to the press, the network revealed that the month of solidarity is set to expose Israeli violations against Palestinian prisoners. It also seeks to show their just and fair cause to the world through media and mobilising deacon makers. This comes amid media blackout in Europe where Israel and its allies hide the truth of what’s going on inside jails.
In addition to UFree network, a number of human rights organisations will join in the actions. So far, Committee to support Prisoners in Jerusalem, Yousef Al Sideeq Association in Palestine 1948 and the Kasr Al Qaid organisation will take part in the month of solidarity. Their efforts will help showing the plight of more than 4500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who are subjected to torture and inhumane treatment.
UFree revealed that the month’s activities will open in Gaza where a series of events are schedules at the inauguration day. UFree Network along with human rights activities and volunteers from Europe will take part from Gaza in a key event which takes place in front of the Int. Red Cross office in Gaza through a protest. Then field visits will be paid to the families of prisoners who are in Israeli jails in addition to meeting released prisoners who were on hunger strike specially the longest serving Palestinian hunger striker Ayman al Sharawna.
Later, a press conference and a seminar will be held in Gaza city. It will discuss the best methods and mechanisms needed to raise awareness of the predicament of prisoners. This will include media and publicity forms that will be used later on.
In this regard, UFree invite Palestinian people in the occupied Palestine and in the Diaspora to take part in these events. It also invites civil society organisations to engage in the one-month solidarity activities. UFree also invite people worldwide to use social media heavily this month to circulate all events and to tell the people of the world about Israeli human rights violations which is in contradiction with international law.