Amnesty International has launched an appeal calling on the Israeli Minister of Defense to:
- Immediately release Khader Adnan and other Palestinians held in administrative detention, or immediately charge and try them for internationally recognizable criminal offences in full conformity with international fair trial standards;
- End the use of administrative detention, which violates the right to a fair trial;
- Ensure that detainees are treated humanely at all times, and that no detainees are punished for their decision to go on hunger strike.
Amnesty has previously called on Israel to immediately release or try Khader Adnan as he continues his hunger strike.
Amnesty’s statement also states:
Administrative detention is a procedure under which detainees are held without charge or trial for periods of up to six months, which can be renewed repeatedly. Under administrative detention, detainees’ rights to a fair trial as guaranteed by Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) are consistently violated.
Khader Adnan is one of 309 Palestinians currently held in administrative detention by the Israeli authorities, including one man held for over five years and 24 Palestinian Legislative Council members. Hundreds of other Palestinian detainees and prisoners have joined Khader Adnan’s hunger strike.
Sign the appeal by Amnesty International now, here.
For more on torture and administrative detention in Israel, watch this important extract from the film ‘They want us to be Silent’:
Artwork by Hafez Omar