t the present, there are more than six thousand seven hundred (6,700) detainees in Israeli prisons distributed amongst more than
twenty locations. These prisons lack the minimum required standards that are defined by international treaties and agreements. Also due to the physical torture which prisoners are exposed to, many of them are suffering from dangerous and untreatable diseases that will eventually lead to their deaths.
Since the Israeli occupation of the rest of the Palestinian territories in 1967, Israel has detained more than seven hundred and
fifty thousand (750,000) Palestinians. This number includes dozens of women and children. Since al Aqsa uprising in 2000 more than seventy thousand (70,000) detainees were taken into custody by Israelis. These statistics include eight hundred and twenty (820) women and eight thousand (8,000) children.
Hamdan added that participants will highlight the harsh prison conditions, the types of physical torture detainees were exposed to
and the international stance on this subject, participants will conclude the conference by presenting their outcomes and
recommendations to keep the prisoners file open and discussed.
The first day will include round table discussions in the United Nations building, while the second day will include discussing various
aspects of the subject starting with the opening statements presented by the key speakers and the guests of honour. It will also touch upon the effect of imprisonment on the prisoners and their families, the personal experience of Palestinian prisoners in prisons and the legal and political dimensions of the imprisonment of Palestinians.
Speakers will also present live testimonies from freed prisoners, the effect of imprisonment on male and female prisoners and on their families. Taking into account the psychological and the physiological effects imprisonment has had on them.
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