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Israel handling of hunger strikers 'ethical failure' : NGO

Published on Feb 18, 2013 5:57 AM
A Palestinian holds a placard depicting a prisoner jailed in Israel during a protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah, calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, February 17, 2013. The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to improve conditions for Palestinians in its jails, and a Palestinian minister said there would be rallies this week to support hunger striking prisoners. Nearly 5,000 Palestinians are held in Israeli jails, many charged with involvement in attacks on Israelis. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel's treatment of four hunger-striking Palestinians is an "ethical failure" an Israeli NGO said on Sunday, adding that their rights were being violated.

A statement from Tel Aviv-based Physicians for Human Rights said that the fasting prisoners were denied visits from independent doctors and manacled during hospital checkups.

"Physicians views with extreme gravity the fact that the rights of the hunger strikers are being violated time and again by various authorities, whose representatives act against the law, regulations, international conventions and medical ethics," it said.

"This is a systemic moral, ethical and professional failure," it added.

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