The European Union (EU) called on Tuesday for the immediate release of the Palestinian prisoner Ahmed Manasra, who has been held in Israeli prisons since 2005.
Earlier on Tuesday, an EU delegation, headed by the EU representative to the West Bank and Gaza Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff, met with the family of Manasra, who was ‘imprisoned at the age of 13’.
“Alarmed that he’s been in solitary confinement since November 2021 despite serious mental health problems. Ahmad should immediately be released to receive necessary mental health care and counselling,” the delegation tweeted.
Several days ago, the Israeli occupation court issued a decision to extend Manasra’s solitary confinement despite his serious mental conditions.
Ahmed Manasra, now 23, has been in solidarity confinement since November 2021, exacerbating his health conditions.
Israel “has an obligation to uphold its commitments to the human rights and protection of children”, the EU delegation said, adding that this includes guaranteeing children fair trials and proportionate sentences in line with international standards under the child justice system.