Israel Places 22 Palestinians in Prison without Charge, Trial

RAMALLAH, December 23, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli authorities Wednesday issued administrative detention orders, without charge or trial, against 22 Palestinians, reported the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

 

PPS said that 16 Detainees received administrative detention orders for the first time, wheres the remaining six received renewed administrative orders.

 

Administrative detention is a procedure that allows the Israeli military to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial.

 

Israel routinely uses administrative detention against Palestinians. Statistics show that over the years, thousands of Palestinians have been held in Israeli custody as administrative detainees for extended periods of time.

 

Israel human rights group B’Tselem says that, “International law stipulates that [administrative detention] may be exercised only in very exceptional cases – and then only as a last possible resort, when there are no other means available to prevent the danger.”

 

“Israel’s use of administrative detention blatantly violates the restrictions of international law. Israel carries it out in a highly classified manner that denies detainees the possibility of mounting a proper defense.”

 

Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes as a way to protest their illegal administrative detention and to demand an end to this policy which violates international law.

 

In April 2015, the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) expressed concern by the continued and increasing use of administrative detention by Israeli authorities against Palestinians.

 

Following are the names of the 33 detainees who received administrative detention orders:

 

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