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  8/19/2013, Elul 13, 5773

AG Seeks Input on Dealing with Hunger Strikers


Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein applied, Monday to the Medical Federation and the National Council on Bioethics, asking their opinion on legislation for forcing treatment on hunger-striking prisoners. Drafts of the proposal have been drawn up, against the backdrop of prolonged hunger strikes in 2012, which involve complex dealings from the medical and security standpoints.

The goal of the bill is to prevent a situation where a hunger strike puts a prisoner's life in jeopardy or harms his or her health. It also seeks to ensure that at the pint where the decision is made for medical intervention against the prisoner's will, it will be done so with maximum protection of the prisoner's rights and dignity. The current wording of the bill puts the decision in the hands of a district court, which must take health and security considerations into account.