Archive for the ‘Administrative detention’ tag
A new procedure allows the state to imprison illegal immigrants indefinitely even if there is no evidence against them or the case has been closed. (Haaretz)
(Hebrew – Haaretz)
A new report by human rights organization, Amnesty International, documents violations of human rights related to administrative detention and claims that administrative detainees were subject to torture and abuse during their investigation, as well as to humiliation and cruelty during their detention, often as punishment for holding a hunger strike. The report further claims that Israel denied the detainees family visits, forcibly transferred, deported and/or placed some of them in solitary confinement.
(Hebrew - Walla)
Research conducted by Shiri Krebs, a PhD student at Stanford University law school and previously an international law advisor to Israeli Supreme Court president Dorit Beinisch, examined 322 cases brought before the High Court between 2000-2010 in which Palestinian administrative detainees appealed against their sentence. Throughout this decade not a single case resulted in a release order, with two exceptions – in one case the court rejected the state’s appeal to release a detainee and in another the detainee was released before the case reached the court. 36% of appeals were withdrawn due to understanding with the security services before the court discussion, 19% of the cases were withdrawn for similar reasons after discussion, and 44% of the appeals were denied. The average discussion time in an administrative detention case is only 20 minutes, even for detainees imprisoned for months or even years.
The High Court for Justice has rejected the petition for the release of Bilal Diab and Thaer Halhala, administrative detainees who are on hunger strike. (Haaretz)
(Hebrew - nrg)
Prison Service guards blocked MK Ahmad Tibi (Raam-Taal) from treating Balal Diab, a Palestinian administrative detainee on hunger strike, who lost consciousness during a hearing of his case before the High Court for Justice. Before being blocked, the judge, Justice Elyakim Rubinstein asked Tibi, who was present during the hearing, to examine Diab. Tibi was finally allowed to examine Diab almost an hour after he collapsed. (Ynetnews)
(Hebrew – Walla)
The Israel Prison Service will only allow administrative detainees on hunger strike to meet their lawyers if they get up from bed to request a meeting.
(Hebrew - Haaretz)
According to a new initiative presented by MK Alex Miller (Yisrael Beitenu), the Minister of Public Security will be able to preventively detain a soccer fan, if he or she is expected to riot during their team’s game. According to the proposal, the police would be able to detain fans without bringing them to court, the administrative detention period would be shorter than that of a security detainee’s, the police will ould not be allowed to “make the fan disappear” and the detainee would be able to contact family and lawyers during detention.
Palestinian prisoner Hana Shalbi has been on hunger strike ever since she was placed in administrative detention on February 16th. Shalbi says she was subjected to an embarrassing body search by a male Israeli soldier while being arrested, and that she was assaulted when she resisted arrest. In addition she describes threats and humiliation during her imprisonment.
According to data obtained by B’Tselem from the Prison Service, there has been a steady increase in the number of Palestinian detainees held in administrative detention in 2011: In January 2011 219 Palestinians were held in administrative detention, while in December 2011 their number had risen to 307. According to the data, as of the end of December 2011, 29% of detainees had been held for between 6 months and one year, and a further 24% for between one and two years. 17 detainees have been held for between two and four years, and one has been held for more than five years. The data further shows that at the end of 2011 Israel was holding a Palestinian minor in administrative detention. One of the detainees, 34 year old Khader Adnan, from the village of ‘Araba near Jenin, was detained on December 17, and has been on hunger strike since the 18th. According to Physicians for Human Rights, “his condition is life-threatening.”
- 33 Palestinians, including 8 children, were killed on the West Bank by IDF gunfire during 2010. 15 people, including 4 children, were killed in the vicinity of the border fence around the Gaza Strip.
- 264 Palestinians were subject to administrative detention orders during 2010, some of them remaining in detention for over two years. 680 Palestinian detainees were denied family visits, some of them for as long as three years.
- In some of the cases, Palestinian detainees were not given the possibility to meet with an attorney.
- A number of detainees reported being tortured while detained in Israel. One, a 15-year-old youth, said he was interrogated for six days and tortured with electric shocks.