Thayer Hastings

Thayer Hastings (Alternative Information Center - AIC): Thayer received his BA degree in International Studies with a focus on Human Rights and the Middle East at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, and graduated in June of 2011. After graduation, Thayer worked as a research assistant on human rights at an international development consulting firm, Williamsworks. He also contributed regularly to Real Change, a street newspaper based in Seattle, and interned in South Africa. After his fellowship Thayer wrote: “My fellowship with the AIC has exposed me to the application of grassroots organizing and information dissemination. AIC's advocacy work is natural, extremely well connected and morally honed. I have had the opportunity to utilize the AIC's network and reputation in order to deepen my understanding of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and develop my writing skills. The broad issues and experiences I have encountered through my fellowship will have lasting impressions on my continuing work on Palestinian human rights issues.”


20 Jul

Akram Rikhawi, a Palestinian political prisoner from the Gaza Strip, has been fasting for 99 days prior to the start of Ramadan. Rikhawi was arrested on June 7th2004 and began his hunger strike onApril 12th in protest of Israeli Prison Service’s neglect of his serious medical condition. Addameer, a prisoner’s rights group,reports that Rikhawi suffers from asthma, immune deficiency and diabetes, in addition to the complications resulting from his prolonged detainment and fast. He has recently lost feeling in his left hand and leg. Independent doctors, from Physicians for Human Rights Israel, report that Rikhawi is at immediate risk of death.

Rikhawi’s case typifies that of many other Palestinians held under ‘administrative detention’, which ultimately amounts to indefinite imprisonment without trial – a breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention under international law.

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Posted By Thayer Hastings

Posted Jul 20th, 2012