Ref: 56/2014


The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
is concerned over the lives of administrative detainees, who started a hunger
strike around a month ago, and holds Israel fully responsible for the
deterioration of their conditions. PCHR calls upon the international community
to exercise pressure over the Israeli authorities to immediately release these
detainees and stop the policy of administrative detention without a charge or a
fail trial.


More than 90 administrative detainees has been
on an open hunger strike in the Israeli prison since 24 April 2014, calling for
ending administrative detention against them. 
Meanwhile, dozens of prisoners joined the strike in solidarity with the
administrative detainees.  According to
the upward steps declared by the convicted prisoner in solidarity with the
hunger strikers, around 80 prisoners will join the hunger strike today.  Although the strike has entered its second
month and has expanded to include larger numbers, the Israeli prison
authorities refused to listen to the detainees’ demands and imposed punitive
measures against them, including transferring the administrative detainees on
hunger strike to solitary confinement, beating them, depriving them of
necessary health care despite the deterioration of the health conditions of
some of them, and not allowing them to take the recess.


The Israeli government plans to enact more
legislations that would impose more restrictions on Palestinian prisoners and
violate their rights, which are guaranteed under all international instruments
and mechanisms.  The most recent
legislation was the approval of a bill to force-feed Palestinian prisoners on
hunger strike as a prelude to submit it before the Israeli Knesset, under the
pretext of protecting the lives of the prisoners.


On the other hand, the administrative detainees
refused to end their hunger strike and recently took escalatory steps as they
have stopped taking their vitamins and supplements for 10 days. Moreover, the
detainees threatened to abstain from drinking water in case the Israeli prison
service refused to listen to their demands. Legal and media sources reported
that health conditions of some hunger strikers are deteriorating as they
entered their second month of hunger strike in addition to being deprived of
necessary medical care by the Israeli prison. 
The detainees are being held in dirty and unhealthy cells, where insects
spread over.


It should be noted that according to an
agreement with the Palestinian prisoners, who organized a hunger strike in May
2012, Israeli authorities undertook to, inter alia, end the administrative
detention provided that detainees end their 28-day strike. PCHR welcomed the
agreement then and hoped that Israeli authorities would comply with it.  However, Israeli authorities have continued
to apply administrative detention over the past period.


It is worth saying that about 200 Palestinian
administrative detainees, including 9 members of the Palestinian Legislative
Council (PLC), are detained in Israeli detention facilities in violation of the
right to a fair trial, including the right to receive an appropriate defense
and to be informed of the charges against them. 
Administrative detention is applied by an administrative order only,
without referring to a court, thus violating the standards of impartial
judicial procedures, including fair trial. 
Moreover, Israeli authorities renew their detention periods leaving many
administrative detainees in jail for years.


In view of the above:


1. PCHR calls upon
the international community to put pressure on the Israeli authorities to
immediately release the administrative detainees to save their lives;

2. PCHR calls upon
human rights organizations and international solidarity organizations to
combine their efforts in order to end the policy of administrative detention
adopted by Israel, a policy that violates the basic right to fair trial; and

3. PCHR expresses
concern over the deteriorating living conditions of more than 5,000 Palestinian
prisoners in Israeli jails.