26-02-12

Belgium and Palestine: accused and locked up in prison without trial

Palestinian.Belgian.prisoners.actions.jpgPALESTINE:

Khader Adnan for 66 days on hunger strike against his detention without charge or trial... 

In a letter he gave to his lawyers for public release, Adnan explained why he was on hunger strike:

'The Israeli occupation has gone to extremes against our people, especially prisoners. I have been humiliated, beaten, and harassed by interrogators for no reason, and thus I swore to God I would fight the policy of administrative detention to which I and hundreds of my fellow prisoners fell prey ... The only thing I can do is offer my soul to God, as I believe righteousness and justice will eventually triumph over tyranny and oppression. I hereby assert that I am confronting the occupiers not for my own sake as an individual, but for the sake of thousands of prisoners who are being deprived of their simplest human rights while the world and international community look on. It is time the international community and the UN support prisoners and force the State of Israel to respect international human rights and stop treating prisoners as if they were not humans'.

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BELGIUM:

The Belgian activist Marcel Vervloesem who revealed the Zandvoort childporn case was convicted and imprisoned after a media process that was during 11 years. All the exculpatory documents disappeared from his court record. Since 4 years he has a ban to talk the press or to contact the board members of his association. He has a ban to travel and to work with associations fighting child abuse.