Israel urged to end "administrative detention" of Palestinians

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OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani. Photo: UN Multimedia

Israeli authorities have been urged by the UN human rights office to stop the use of so-called "administrative detention" against Palestinians.

It says that administrative detainees are held without charge of trial, often on the basis of secret evidence, for potentially indefinite periods.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) says that most recently, Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar was arrested and subsequently detained under an administrative order.

The order is currently under review by the Ofer Military Court in the West Bank and if confirmed Jarrar would be subjected to six months detention, without charge or trial.

The detention could be renewed indefinitely.

OHCHR Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani says this is not the first time that the Palestinian Legislative Council member has been subject to administrative orders by the Israeli military commander in the West Bank.

"In August  last year  Jarrar received a military order giving her 24 hours to move from Ramallah, where she lives, to the district of Jericho where her movements would be restricted for six months. On appeal, an Israeli court reduced the restriction to one month. The Israeli practice of administrative detention has been condemned on numerous occasions by the UN Human Rights Office and the Human Rights Committee which oversees implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Israel has ratified." (27")

OHCHR says that as of February this year, more than 420 Palestinians were reportedly held under administrative detention orders, which is more than double the 181 who were held at the same time last year.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations

Duration: 1’27″

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