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Sat Feb 4, 2012, 10:24 PM

Sharp increase in administrative detention in 2011; one detainee on hunger strike for 46 days

Physicians for Human Rights – Israel reported on 29 January that Khader ‘Adnan, has been on hunger strike since 18 December 2011. Thirty-four year old 'Adnan, from the village of ‘Araba near Jenin, was detained on 17 December 2011 and placed in administrative detention. ‘Adnan is on the hunger strike in protest against his administrative detention and the manner in which he was arrested and interrogated. According to PHR, “his condition is life-threatening.”

In 2011, there was a sharp increase in the number of Palestinian administrative detainees held by Israel, from 219 in January to 307 in December, according to figures B'Tselem received from the Israel Prison Service. Twenty-nine percent of the detainees had been held for six months to one year; another 24 percent from one to two years. Seventeen Palestinians had been in administrative detention continuously for two to four and a half years, and one man has been held for over five years. At the end of 2011, Israel was holding one minor in administrative detention. This year marks the first time since 2008 that there was an increase in the number of administrative detainees, after the number had fallen from 813, in January 2008, to 204 in December 2010.

Administrative detention is detention without trial, intended to prevent a person from committing an act that is liable to endanger public safety. Such a detention is inherently problematic since, unlike a criminal proceeding, administrative detention is not intended to punish a person for an offense already committed, but to prevent a future danger. The manner in which Israel uses administrative detention is patently illegal. Administrative detainees are not told the reason for their detention or the specific allegations against them. Although detainees are brought before a judge to approve the detention order, most of the material submitted by the prosecution is classified and not shown to the detainee or his attorney. Since the detainees do not know the evidence against them, they are unable to refute it. The detainees also do not know when they will be released: although the maximum period of administrative detention is six months, it can be renewed indefinitely. In fact, of the administrative detainees held in December, over 60% had their detention extended at least once beyond the first detention order.

Administrative detention violates the right to liberty and the right to due process, since the detainee is incarcerated for a prolonged period on the basis of secret evidence, without charge or trial.

in full: http://www.btselem.org/administrative_detention/20120201_sharp_rise_in_administrative_detention

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Jefferson23 Feb 2012 OP
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Response to Jefferson23 (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 10:38 PM

1. due process would be nice

 

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Sun Feb 5, 2012, 04:33 PM

2. This has got to stop

 

More attention needs to be paid to this issue.

Indefinite imprisonment without trial is not acceptable.

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Mon Feb 13, 2012, 05:22 PM

3. B'Tselem to Meridor: Immediately release or try administrative detainee on hunger strike

On 9 February, B'Tselem made an urgent demand to Minister for Intelligence Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor to bring about the immediate release of Khader 'Adnan, an administrative detainee who has been on a hunger strike for 54 days. If he is not released, he must be charged and tried in a manner that respects his right to due process.

According to Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and media reports, 'Adnan, 34, a resident of 'Araba village near Jenin, was arrested on 17 December and has been held in administrative detention since then. He began his hunger strike the day after he was detained, in protest against his administrative detention and the manner in which he was arrested and interrogated. Now in the 54th day of his hunger strike, PHR-Israel classifies his medical condition as life-threatening.

As an administrative detainee, 'Adnan has not been told the evidence against him and is unable to refute the military’s accusations. Under international law, administrative detention may be used only in exceptional cases, as a means of last resort to prevent a danger that cannot be thwarted by less harmful means. Israel’s use of administrative detention violates these limitations.

In its letter, B'Tselem requested Minister Meridor to do everything in his power “to ensure the well-being and health of Khader 'Adnan and prevent a needless tragedy to him and his family.”

http://www.btselem.org/administrative_detention/20120209_letter_to_meridor_regarding_khader_adnan

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Mon Feb 13, 2012, 06:35 PM

4. Israel shackles Palestinian hunger striker

 

A Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for more than eight weeks is being kept shackled to a hospital bed by the Israeli authorities, despite warnings that he may be close to death.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/12/palestinian-hunger-striker-shackled

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Mon Feb 13, 2012, 06:46 PM

5. Israel court rejects Palestinian hunger striker's appeal

 

An Israeli military court on Monday rejected an appeal by a Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for more than eight weeks over his detention without charge, his lawyer Jawad Bulus said.

"The judge at the military appeals court rejected the appeal and approved the administrative detention order," Bulus told AFP, saying that his client Khader Adnan was still refusing food after 58 days.

http://news.yahoo.com/israel-rejects-palestinian-hunger-strikers-appeal-151038687.html

Not looking promising.

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Sat Feb 18, 2012, 05:24 PM

6. Palestinian hunger striker appeals to Israel's Supreme Court

 

A Palestinian waging a hunger strike for an unprecedented 63 days has appealed to Israel's Supreme Court, demanding to be released from months-long detention without trial, his lawyer said Saturday.

Khader Adnan is fighting a provision that allows Israel to hold detainees for months or even years without trial or formal charges. Israeli officials say they use so-called "administrative detention" to guard against immediate threats to the country's security.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/palestinian-hunger-striker-appeals-to-israel-s-supreme-court-1.413619

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