Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Prisoner society condemns Ban Ki-moon meet with Shalit family

Gaza - Ma'an - The Wa'ed Society for Detainees denounced on Tuesday UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's meeting with the family of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, describing the move as "shameful."

The society said during the UN chief's visit to the Gaza Strip, "he did not care to listen to the suffering of the relatives of detainees who lined up to meet him and talk to him," a statement said.

The statement added that the society was dismayed when Ban Ki-moon met with Shalit's family to discuss human rights, but completely "ignored the plight of Palestinian prisoners." The society pointed to numerous children who gathered during his visit, holding photos of detained parents.

"The Secretary-General described Shalit's capture and detention by Palestinian resistance factions as 'unacceptable' but he remained silent regarding the cases of thousands of Palestinian detainees," the statement read.

To society called on the global community to listen to Noam Shalit's speech before the UN Human Rights Council to remember the suffering of Palestinian prisoners, and "the hundreds who are kept in jail without charge or trial, under administrative detention."