13 OCTOBER 2020

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

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**Questions and Answers

Okay.  Abdelhamid, you have a question.

Question:  Thank you, Farhan.  A Palestinian in detention — his name is Maher al‑Akhras — he has been on hunger strike for 79 days.  His health is deteriorating by the hour.  And his wife even went on hunger strike for the sixth day.  He is a father of six, and he has been not accused of anything.  He has been just in detention; no accusation has been directed against him.  He was not put on trial.

And why Mr. [Nickolay] Mladenov ignore this humanitarian cases and speak out against such inhuman treatment?

Deputy Spokesman:  [mic muted]

Correspondent:  I can’t hear you.

Deputy Spokesman:  First of all, I’ll check whether Mr. Mladenov has anything specific to say about this case.  We do raise questions, and our point of principle is that all those who are in detention must be promptly tried, and we will continue to press for due process in all such cases.

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