Gov't approves new migrant policy: 20-month max detention period

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November 30, 2014 13:00

 
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The Israelis government on Sunday gave its approval to a new migrant detention policy after the High Court of Justice struck down as unconstitutional the state’s two previous versions of the bill.

The policy still needs to be approved by the Knesset before it becomes law.

The new version seeks to amend the policy by shortening the maximum amount of time migrants can be detained in each facility and changing some aspects of their detention conditions. The policy allows for migrants to be held in the Holot open detention center for a maximum of 20 months, as opposed to the previous version in which they could be detained indefinitely.

At the closed Saharonim detention center, it allows for migrants to be held for a maximum of three months as opposed to a year in the previous version.

In addition, whereas detainees were ordered to sign in three times a day at Holot, the new draft calls on them to sign in just once a day.

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