Israeli human rights NGO's praise High Court migrant decision

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September 16, 2013 18:41
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Israeli NGOs expressed their support for the High Court decision on Monday that outlawed the policy that allowed the state to detain illegal migrants for three years without trial.

In a joint statement put out by a group of Israeli NGOs on Monday, Attorney's Yonatan Berman of the Clinic for Migrants' Rights at the Academic Center of Law and Business in Ramat Gan and Anat Ben Dor of the Refugee Rights Clinic at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law said that “the Supreme Court ruled today what should have been taken for granted. Administrative detention of asylum seekers cannot be used as a method of deterring immigration. It is regrettable that the state has imprisoned thousands of people for a year and a half in unacceptable conditions without justification for their arrest.

We hope that from now on the state will understand that asylum seekers are human beings who must be treated as such, and begin granting them rights."

Sigal Rozen policy coordinator for Hotline for Migrant Workers, said Monday that the decision was a victory and a dose of good news, adding that it means that without the threat of facing detention in Israel migrants “will stop making the deicision to return to their deaths in Eritrea.”

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