UFree Network launches an international campaign calling for an end to Israeli “Administrative Detention” policy which leaves hundreds of Palestinian political detainees held inside Israeli jails without charge or trial.
Although international law restricts the use of administrative detention, Israel is using it regularly in flagrant violation to article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that state prisoners should have a fair trial.
UFree Network said that Israeli “Administrative Detention” policy does not only violate international laws and Geneva conventions but it also breaches the Israeli law itself as it violates the conditions set to renew Palestinian administrative detainees' arrest.
Israeli “Administrative Detention” policy also violates the agreement signed in May 2012 between Israeli Prison Service and Palestinian political prisoners and detainees to limit administrative detention policy, but rather their number increased to reach over 200 prisoners.
UFree Chairman, Mohammad Hamdan, expressed his total support to Palestinian administrative detainees’ hunger strike and called on the European Parliament and European member states to pressure Israel to meet their legitimate demands topped by ending administrative detention policy.
Palestinian administrative detainees are deprived from family visits, placed in solitary confinement and in many ways discriminated. These conditions pushed hundreds of Palestinian administrative detainees to declare an open-ended hunger strike on Thursday 24th April 2014, demanding an end to their “Administrative Detention” as part of their protest steps declared in October last year.