Palestinians to share insight into hunger strike
Members of the media are invited to an information sharing session on Sunday with sources from within Palestine on the current political prisoner hunger strike.
When: May 21, 2017
Where: Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (1 Richmond Forum, Cedar Avenue, Richmond, Johannesburg)
Speaker: Majed Bamya
Organisers: Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, Media Review Network - supported by organisers of the #DignityStrikeSA campaign
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Journalists will be allowed to interact via Skype with Palestinians who will provide an in depth account of the current conditions faced by Palestinian hunger strikers.
The Skype discussion will be conducted with Majed Bamya, the Director of International Treaties at Palestine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was a former adviser at the European Parliament. Bamya is also instrumental in the Free Marwan Barghouthi and All Palestinian Prisoners campaign, which was launched by anti-apartheid struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada and Marwan's wife Fadwa, on Robben Island in 2013.
We are currently trying to secure Laith Abu Zeyad for the conversation as well. Abu Zeyad is the International Advocacy Officer of Palestinian prisoner rights group, Addameer.
The purpose of the discussion is to allow journalists and editors an opportunity to interact with sources who have first hand information about the hunger strike, which is now in its 33rd day. There have been reports of of prisoners' physical conditions deteriorating drastically over the last few days, with concern being raised by activists about the possibilities of prisoners' losing their lives.
The information sharing session will also include updates on the South African solidarity campaign. This follows the 24-hour solidarity hunger strike supported by amongst others, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
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