HRA demands the immediate release of Khader Adnan who has been on a hunger strike for 60 days
Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan continues his hunger strike, which began 60 days ago, in protest against his unjust detention and the cruel treatment he suffered during interrogations.
On 17 December 2011, the Israeli military forces arrested Khader Adnan in his house in the West Bank, and since 8 January 2012 he has been held under “Administrative Detention”. Khader remains in detention despite being denied the right to face a judge and the ongoing lack of any criminal charges being filed by the state.
According to human rights organizations, Khader Adnan’s health condition, due to the hunger strike that started two months ago, has significantly deteriorated in the past few days to the point where his life is threatened.
The Arab Association for Human Rights (HRA) affirms that "Administrative Detention" is a form of arbitrary detention, which violates international standards of due process and fair trial. Under this procedure, the detainees are deprived of any possibility to examine relevant materials, or even the charges against them. The evidence remains within the military judges’ "secret files”, preventing the detainees or their counsel from reviewing or challenge it. Furthermore, the intelligence and security authorities may extend the detention without sufficient judicial oversight. This arbitrary procedure constitutes a flagrant violation of the international standards of rights to a fair trial and due process of law.
According to the statistics provided by human rights organizations, 307 Palestinians are currently held under this arbitrary “Administrative Detention”, which is extensively utilized to arrest the Palestinian political leaders without the need to substantiate the charges against them!!
Reports by human rights organizations describe the circumstances of Khader Adnan’s detention “cruel and inhuman”, revealing that he is detained in a hospital in Safed, with his feet shackled and tied to the bed!! This contravenes international standards and procedures concerning medical treatment of detainees.
The HRA, deploring the grave deterioration of his health conditions, holds the Israeli state authorities fully responsible for his life, and demands that Khader Adnan be released immediately or brought before the court respecting the internationally recognized due process of law.
The HRA also calls upon all relevant international organizations and NGOs to assure Khader Adnan’s basic rights, particularly the right to protest, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and finally the basic right to a fair trial.