27 AUGUST 2021
The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.
Question: Thank you, Stéphane. I have two questions. The first, the Palestinian Authority last Saturday arrested about 30 Palestinian activists who were peacefully demonstrating in favour of a transparent trial of the killers of Nizar Banat. Do you have any comment on that?
Spokesman: Listen, we have… about the specific case, we’ve expressed our concern. We’ve called for a full investigation, and we always stand by the people’s right to demonstrate freely and peacefully and for the authorities to allow them to do so free of harassment.
Question: My second question…
Spokesman: Ev… yes.
Question: …Stéphane, about the Palestinian woman arrested in March and she was four months pregnant, she’s expected to give birth anytime, any day now. And I raised her case before, and I sent a letter that she sent from her prison cell, appealing to the whole world to let her give birth in a hospital, not in a prison cell. However, Mr. Tor Wennesland did not respond to my letter. Do you have any explanation?
Spokesman: Let me reach out and find out what the situation is.
For information media. Not an official record.
Document Sources: Secretary-General, United Nations Department of Global Communications
Country: State of Palestine
Subject: Governance, Health, Human rights and international humanitarian law, Legal issues, Prisoners and detainees, Protests, Women
Publication Date: 27/08/2021
URL source: https://www.un.org/press/en/2021/db210827.doc.htm