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Birzeit University’s Right to Education Campaign expresses its deep concern about the health and safety of its student Mohammad Hassan (21 years old) who was tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) last week. Hassan was arrested on April 22 ,2020 and transferred to Moscovia Detention Centre for interrogation.
More than 80 students are currently under detention and are exposed to an imminent danger as a result of the spread of COVID-19 inside “Israeli” prisons. The “Israeli” Prisons Authority has not taken any precautionary measures to sterilize the prisons for the safety of the prisoners. This situation is particularly alarming as many “Israeli” jail officers have been diagnosed positive with the virus and are still in direct contact with the prisoners especially in Ofer Detention Center, where many of Birzeit University students are detained.
Moreover, the “Israeli” Prisons Authority has prevented the prisoners from contacting their lawyers and families through telephone calls. Prisoners are not brought to court for their hearings, and only allowed a phone call with their legal representatives. This comes in light of the “Israeli” Prisons Authority continuous refusal to install landline phones inside prisons which deepens the Israeli violations against the prisoners’ rights to liberty and security, and to a fair and speedy trial.
The Right to Education Campaign, calls on all international organizations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to intervene by pressuring the “Israeli” authorities to provide necessary health care and implement precautionary measures to maintain the health of our students and prevent any further cases of Coronavirus among our students and other prisoners.