The Arab Association for Human Rights (HRA) condemns the continual use of administrative detention against Palestinian political leaders and reminds that such policy constitutes a form of arbitrary detention devoid of the most basic standards of due process of law. The HRA is particularly concerned about the health conditions of Prisoner Hana Shalabi who began her hunger strike on 15 February. She has spent 43 days without food in protest against her administrative detention that can be renewed without limit as well as the inhumane and degrading treatment that she suffered during interrogation.
On Sunday 25 March 2012, the Israeli Military Court rejected Hana Shalabi’s appeal despite her deteriorating health conditions. The HRA holds the Israeli government fully accountable for the life of Prisoner Hana Shalabi and asserts that hunger strike is a legitimate means of struggle to end this arbitrary detention. The Association highlights that the policy of administrative detention violates the laws of universal human rights and rules of fair trial as recognized in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Furthermore, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, in its Concluding Observations (9 March 2012), called on Israel to end the use of administrative detention, as it “constitutes arbitrary detention under international human rights law”.
The Arab Association for Human Rights denounces the current practice of administrative detention under which 309 Palestinians are detained. The Association de mands that the international community, particularly the United Nations and European Union, act quickly to protect Prisoner Hana Shalbi’s life and urge the Israeli authorities to release her immediately or bring her before the court respecting the internationally recognized due process of law.