Palestinian Prisoners Day in
On 17 April 2009, an arrangement
on Town Hall Square in Copenhagen marked "Palestinian Prisoners Day".
A stage was set up, tents and stands offered informative material. At 3
pm, the arrangement started with music, the purpose of the arrangement
was introduced, and the programme announced.
Speeches were made by Bjørn
Elmquist, advocate and chairman of the Danish Judicial Policy
Association, Inge Genefke, Honorary Ambassador for the
International Centre for Torture Victims, Mogens Lykketoft, Member
of Parliament and former Foreign Minister, and Søren Søndergaard,
Member of EU Parliament.
Actress Lone Hertz
explained her participation and then read a poem by Stig Dalager,
"Telmond – End of the World".
Women in Black
participated with a one-hour silent manifestation. Between the speeches,
the music group Rap Moves performed with Ali Sufi and Afshin, as
well as rapper Vakili and the dance group Sirocco with
Many passers-by stopped to
listen, and they were given informative material about conditions for
Palestinian prisoners. They wrote postcards to Palestinian women in
Israeli prisons and signed petitions to be sent to Danish Foreign
Minister Per Stig Møller with the following text:
Human Rights for All – also
for Palestinian prisoners
Dear Foreign Minister Per
Stig Møller, 17 April 2009
The conflict between Israel
and Palestine is escalating and has an extremely destructive impact on
both peoples. Attempts to find a peaceful solution continue to fail, most
recently in connection with Israel's refusal to release Palestinian
prisoners in exchange for the release of the Israeli soldier, Gilad
In violation of the 4th
Geneva Convention, which Israel has signed, it has been Israel's practice
for many years to imprison Palestinians from the occupied territories in
prisons inside Israel. At present, there are about 11,000 such prisoners.
According to both Israeli and
Palestinian human rights organizations, the conditions in the prisons are
inhumane and humiliating. Torture* is used; many prisoners have never had
a fair trial; and many are administratively detained for months and years.
I/we appeal to the Foreign
Minister to work for mobilizing massive pressure on the Israeli
government in order to ensure that Palestinians imprisoned in Israel are
treated in accordance with international law.
The Torture and Ill-treatment of Palestinian Detainees. May 2007.
539 signatures were sent to
the Foreign Minister, together with a cover letter. A copy of the letter
was sent to the Danish Parliament's Foreign Policy Committee and the
Foreign Policy Council, as well as to members of the EU Parliament.
Arranger: Human Rights
March – Women in Dialog, Palestine-Israel-Denmark, in cooperation
with members of Amnesty International, YWCA and YMCA’s Palestine