Amnesty: Charge or release Palestinian detainees

June 6, 2012 04:04

Israel must either release or charge all Palestinians currently being held under administrative detention laws, Amnesty International stated in a report published late Tuesday.

“Israel has used its system of administrative detention – intended as an exceptional measure against people posing an extreme and imminent danger to security – to trample on the human rights of detainees for decades," said Ann Harrison, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa. "It is a relic that should be put out to pasture.”

In its report entitled Starved of justice: Palestinians detained without trial by Israel, Amnesty charged Israel with committing "human rights violations," "torture," and "contravening (its) obligations under international... humanitarian law." The report demanded that Israel also investigate violations of the law, and added that Israel must compensate Palestinian victims.

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