Human beings are not bargaining chips: Hamas must immediately end inhumane and illegal treatment of Gilad Shalit

Staff Sergeant Gilad Shalit has been in captivity for five years. Those holding him have refused to allow him to communicate with his family, nor have they provided information on his well-being and the conditions in which he is being held. The organizations stress that this conduct is inhumane and a violation of international humanitarian law.
Hamas authorities in Gaza must immediately end the cruel and inhuman treatment of Gilad Shalit. Until he is released, they must enable him to communicate with his family and should grant him access to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Amnesty International & the Israel Section • B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories • Bimkom: Planners for Planning Rights • Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement • Human Rights Watch • International Federation for Human Rights• Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Gaza • Physicians for Human Rights – Israel • Public Committee Against Torture in Israel • Rabbis for Human Rights • The Association for Civil Rights in Israel • Yesh Din – Volunteers for Human Rights