The researcher for prisoners’ affairs Riyad al-Ashqar said Israeli courts renewed the detention of 85% of administrative detainees currently held in the occupation's prisons, nearly 480, for different periods of time ranging between two and six months.
The researcher pointed out that
- Israeli courts renewed the administrative detention of 75 prisoners for four times, while
- 135 prisoners’ administrative detention was renewed for three times.
- The detention of 190 administrative detainees was twice renewed,
- The rest are either held administratively in Israeli jails for the first time or re-arrested administratively for more than once.
- Since the beginning of the year, Israeli courts issued 726 administrative detention orders.
Al-Ashqar warned of the seriousness of Israeli administrative detention policy that “mainly aims at breaking Palestinians’ spirits and strong determination.”
Israeli authorities use administrative detention principally to constrain Palestinian political activism, he said, pointing out this Israeli policy mainly target Palestinian academics, political activists, university students, and MPs.
Israel, al-Ashqar continued, aims at keeping Palestinian administrative detainees behind its bars without charge or trial as long as possible under the so-called the “secret file”.
Administrative detentions are usually secret orders for six months periods of incarceration, and can be renewed indefinitely, according to which, Palestinian prisoners are held without charge or trial for several years.
The Palestinian researcher for prisoners' affairs called on Palestinian Authorities to prosecute Israel at ICC over violation of prisoners' rights to fair trial.
As explicitly proclaimed in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1, the right to fair trial is an essential right in all countries that respect the rule of law. The majority of countries in the world are parties to the Covenant — including Israel, which signed the treaty in 1966 and ratified it in 1991.