17 February 2012
Israel: End use of administrative detention

Khader Adnan's hunger strike has prompted demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip© Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

Update on 22 Feb. 2012

Palestinian activist Khader Adnan went on hunger strike for 66 days in protest against his detention by the Israeli authorities without charge or trial. He started his hunger strike the day after his arrest from his home in the occupied West Bank on 17 December 2011 to protest his ill-treatment by the Israel Security Agency (ISA).

On 10 January 2012 he was given a four-month administrative detention order signed by a military commander. The Israeli authorities announced on 21 February that the order would not be renewed unless "significant" new evidence emerges, but they have provided no justification for his continued detention.  

Khader Adnan is now in a hospital in northern Israel. He ended his hunger strike on 21 February, but after more than nine weeks, doctors warn that his life remains in imminent danger. He is still under detention and is shackled to his hospital bed at all times and under constant armed guard.  

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 over 300 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 joined Khader Adnan's hunger strike. 

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Support Palestinian activist Khader Adnan’s protest for respect for the human rights of Palestinians in Israeli detention. Call on the Israeli Minister of Defence 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.

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