UN Official Expresses Deep Concern Over Israel’s Continued Use of Administrative Detention

WAFA, February 3, 2016 (WAFA) – The United Nations Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance and Development Aid, Robert Piper, expressed grave concern over Israel’s continued practice of administrative detention, without charge or trial.

“I am deeply concerned about the continued practice of administrative detention in Israeli jails and detention centers,” stated the UN official in a statement issued by Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) on Tuesday.

“In particular, I am alarmed by the rapidly deteriorating health of Palestinian administrative detainee, Mohammed Al-Qiq, who is on hunger strike in protest against the arbitrary nature of his detention and ill-treatment.”

According to data from Israel Prison Service (IPS), 527 Palestinians, including one woman and five minors were held in administrative detention in IPS facilities at the end of November 2015.

“After 69 days of hunger strike, Al-Qiq is in a dangerous state of health and his physicians have informed him of the possibility of irreversible damage.”

The UN official  reiterated ‘the United Nations’ long-standing position that all administrative detainees – Palestinian or Israeli – should be charged or released without delay’.

“All allegations of ill-treatment must also be independently and promptly investigated.”

To be noted, Israeli public prosecution Monday decided to keep al-Qiq, held under administrative detention, without a charge or trial, despite of his critical health status.