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Turkey jails 14 lawyers representing imprisoned hunger strikers

ISTANBUL: A Turkish court on Thursday jailed on terror charges 14 lawyers representing two detained teachers who have been on hunger strike for six months after being sacked in a mass crackdown. The case of Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca has become a rallying cause for critics of the purge that followed a failed bid in July 2016 to topple President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. More than 140,000 public sector employees have been suspended or sacked under a state of emergency imposed after the attempted putsch. The pair…

Iran reform leader Mehdi Karroubi ends hunger strike

TEHRAN: Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for six years, ended his hunger strike late Thursday after the government agreed to remove intelligence agents from his home. However, his demand to face trial -- he has never been charged since being placed under house arrest in 2011 -- appears no closer to being granted. Karroubi, 79, stopped eating and drinking on Wednesday morning and was hospitalised a day later with high blood pressure. His son, Mohammad Hossein, told the reformist Jamaran…

‘On a hunger strike, you eat yourself’

Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails entered the second month of a hunger strike on Wednesday. Led by Palestinian leader and prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, around 840 Palestinians are currently on the hunger strike which began April 17, according to the Israeli Prisons Service. AFP spoke to Zeratzion Hishal from the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC), one of the few foreigners granted access to the striking prisoners as part of the organisation's monitoring of conditions in Israeli jails.…

Palestinian prisoners hunger strike heightens tension with Israel

JERUSALEM/GAZA: A hunger strike by more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners over their treatment in Israeli jails has turned into a heated dispute over whether the leader of the protest secretly broke the fast, and whether Israel tempted him to do so. The strike, which began on April 17, followed a call by Marwan Barghouti, the most high-profile Palestinian in Israeli detention, for a protest against poor conditions and an Israeli policy of detention without trial that has applied to thousands of prisoners since the 1980s.…

Palestinian leader on hunger strike sees health decline: NGO

RAMALLAH: Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti's health has declined seriously over the past week after he joined a hunger strike with more than 1,000 other prisoners in Israel, an NGO said Monday. Barghouti, 57 and serving five life sentences over his role in the second Palestinian intifada, is refusing medical treatment, according to Amani Sarahneh of the Palestinian Prisoners' Club NGO. He told AFP this was causing his health to decline seriously. The hunger strike began on April 17, with those taking part…

Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails launch mass hunger strike

RAMALLAH: Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails launched a hunger strike on Monday following a call from leader and prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian Authority official said. Issa Qaraqe, head of prisoners affairs for the Palestinian Authority, said that “around 1,300 Palestinian prisoners” were participating in the hunger strike and the number could rise. The Palestinian Prisoners Club NGO put the number at 1,500. Israeli prison service spokesman Assaf Librati said that 700 prisoners had announced…

Man demanding Gen. Raheel Sharif’s extension dies

KARACHI: A man who was observing a hunger strike till death seeking an extension in the tenure of now former Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, has died. Lutuf Ameen Shibli was protesting outside the Karachi Press Club since the last three weeks and was observing hunger strike. Shibli, who was an ardent and die-hard supporter of the former Army Chief, had said that Gen. Raheel has rendered tremendous services for the nation including action against terrorism and corruption and he should be given an extension in his…

Ex-Guantanamo inmate ends hunger strike after relocation demand accepted

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY: A former Guantanamo inmate resettled in Uruguay who went on hunger strike to demand relocation to another country has dropped his protest after receiving an offer, activists said Saturday. Syrian Jihad Diyab, who began his hunger strike more than two months ago, ended his protest and will travel to a new country, the group Vigilia por Diyab (Diyab Watch) announced, without specifying which country. "After 68 days on hunger strike, Jihan Diyab's quest for his right to family reunification has reached a…