PHR: Objection to the proposed amendment to the Prisons Act

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) calls to call upon the Attorney general and the Ministry of Health to withdraw their support of the proposed amendment to the law:  “Amendment to the Prisons Act  (Preventing  Damages due to Hunger Strikes), 2013.”


According to PHR, this proposed amendment incorporates significant violations of human rights and medical ethics; it provides a legislative foundation for torture by permitting and providing for the enforced feeding and treatment of the hunger strikers; it makes ill use of medicine and of physicians in order to achieve a political-security and public image advantage; and it is in direct violation of the Patient’s Rights Act and of international declarations and treaties.