Palestinian prisoners in Israel's Ketziot prison 311 (R).
(photo credit: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)
Palestinian hunger striker or release him from administrative detention, Amnesty
International said on Tuesday.
Amnesty said that in light of fears that
Hader Adnan, 33, could die following more than 50 days of refusing food, Israel
must either release him or charge him with a criminal offense and promptly try
In a statement, the human rights group’s deputy director for the
Middle East, Ann Harrison, criticized the practice of administrative detention,
in which Palestinians arrested during military operations in the West Bank can
be held without charge.
“Military commanders can renew the detention
orders repeatedly, so in effect detainees can be held indefinitely. The process
violates their right to a fair trial, which is guaranteed by international law
Israel is obliged to uphold,” Harrison said.
Ishai Menuchin, executive
director of the Public Committee against Torture in Israel, said his
organization sees administrative detention as a form of abuse and that cutting
off detainees from the outside was unacceptable.
He said detainees were
told they would be kept isolated without charge until they confessed, creating a
warped definition of guilt.
“This is not a system that ensures that
Israeli authorities find the truth – it’s a system that ensures they find an
indictment,” Menuchin said.
Adnan has been on a hunger strike since his
arrest on December 17 in the West Bank village of Arrabe. He is widely believed
to be a prominent member of Islamic Jihad in the West Bank, although the Shin
Bet (General Security Services) did not confirm this allegation.
that since he was being held in administrative detention, it preferred not to
comment on his case.