Call to Action: Join Addameer’s global end administrative detention campaign


Addameer, Occupied Palestine

Addameer calls on activists and people of conscience to stand in solidarity with all political prisoners and join Addameer Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights Organization’s upcoming global campaign against administrative detention.

Over 4,743 Palestinians are currently detained by Israel; 10 of them women, 193 of them children, and 178 of them held under administrative detention, a decrepit policy that Israel uses to hold Palestinians on secret information indefinitely without charging them or allowing them to stand trial.
Not only are these prisoners held arbitrarily, but Israel’s use of administrative detention violates several international standards, such as deporting Palestinians from the occupied territory to Israel, denying regular family visits and failing to take into account the best interests of child detainees as required under international law.
We need your support to break their chains and the silence on administrative detention.
Today, Israel has outsourced security for prisons where Palestinians are held to a British-Danish company named G4S. Along with the Israeli Prison Service, G4S is responsible for the harsh conditions the prisoners faced during the historic 2012 hunger strikes that thousands of Palestinians participated in, including two hunger strikers that neared death in protest of their arbitrary detention, Khader Adnan and Hana Al-Shalabi. G4S is also complicit in Israel’s detention of nearly one-third of the Palestinian Legislative Council since 2006, and for dozens of human rights defenders being arrested every year for participating in popular resistance.
The government of Israel should release all administrative detainees, and in the meantime, all administrative detainees must be granted their rights in accordance with international law.
Addameer supports the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against G4S to end its complicity in detaining administrative detainees and  to put pressure on the Israeli government to release the prisoners. Addameer calls on solidarity organizations, individuals and human rights organizations around the world to join our End Administrative Detention campaign launching on 17 April 2013.
You can help us pressure the Israeli government to release the prisoners by:
  • Participating in a mass day of mobilization in your city on 17 April, the annual Palestinian Prisoners Day.
  • Organizing an “End Administrative Detention” week on 17-24 April 2013 in your city or university campus using Addameer’s forthcoming campaign materials.
  •  Joining a local G4S BDS campaign in your city.
  • Raising awareness about administrative detention in your community using our forthcoming Activist Toolkit.
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5 Responses

  1. amigo
    April 10, 2013, 12:04 pm

    Do you know if this is taking place in Ireland???.

    • Ecru
      April 12, 2013, 8:57 am

      Not any more for the simple reason that the discovery was made that it was simply a very expensive way for the UK Govt. to act as recruiting officer for the IRA.

      Not that that stopped Blair from joining in the USA’s own recruitment drive for Al Qaeda via “extraordinary rendition.” But then Blair always was a very obedient poodle.

  2. MK_Ultra
    April 10, 2013, 8:25 pm

    Administrative detention. What a sadistic term used to cover up the most heinous violations of human rights and the crimes and abuses perpetrated against an entire population included women and children.

  3. Ecru
    April 11, 2013, 6:49 am

    Internment, as it was called in Ulster/Northern Ireland was always counter-productive – it increased recruitment for the IRA, increased the hatred the Nationalist community had for the British and further polarised the two communities.

    But there is a HUGE difference between the UK and Israeli situations.

    The UK actually wanted the terrorism to end, Israel long ago realised that largely ineffectual “terrorism” by the Palestinians played into their hands, allowing them to still cry victim while oppressing the Palestinian people even further and gobbling up more Palestinian land and resources. Because of this Israel LOVES administrative detention, not for the supposed aim of preventing violence but actually to contribute to an environment where it flourishes.

    Nice people those Israelis.

  4. Citizen
    April 11, 2013, 9:59 am

    Not only should responsible American citizens join Addameer’s global end administrative detention campaign, they should also be aware that the USA under Obamacare also engages in such activity against its own citizens, but most (non-Arab and non-Persian Americans) are not even aware of that controversy, to wit:

    NDAA controversy
    President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 on December 31, 2011 which allows theUnited States Government to indefinitely detain Americans (Indefinite detention without trial: Section 1021) without the right to due process in the United States.
    If there is reason to suspect a person is collaborating with “…associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners”, the law now states that the right to due process is “forfeited” and suspected terrorists will be detained “without trial, until the end of the hostilities authorized by the AUMF.”
    Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) may refer to:
    Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 1991 authorizing the Persian Gulf War, also known as Operation Desert Storm: H.R.J. Res. 77
    Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists, also known as “Public Law No: 107–40”
    Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002, also known as “Iraq Resolution”, “Iraq War Resolution” and “Public Law No: 107-243”

    The ACLU has stated that “While President Obama issued a signing statement saying he had ‘serious reservations’ about the provisions, the statement only applies to how his administration would use the authorities granted by the NDAA.” and, despite claims to the contrary, “The statute contains a sweeping worldwide indefinite detention provision… [without] temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield.” The ACLU also maintains that “the breadth of the NDAA’s detention authority violates international law because it is not limited to people captured in the context of an actual armed conflict as required by the laws of war.”

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