20 August 2015
Ramallah, occupied West Bank
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association condemns the Israeli occupation High Court’s decision yesterday suspending the administrative detention of Mohammad Allan, as the court’s decision condones arbitrary and administrative detention used by Israeli occupation forces in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The High Court suspended Mohammad Allan’s administrative detention following his 64 days of hunger strike in which he reached a critical health condition. Medical examinations indicate Allan suffers from brain damage due to a sharp drop of Vitamin B1 levels in his brain as a result of the hunger strike.
The court’s decision to suspend Allan’s administrative detention and not to repeal it affirms that Palestinians cannot seek justice from the Israeli judicial system. Israeli courts at all levels merely serve as an instrument to legitimize the Israeli occupation’s policies including administrative detention.
In its decision, the High Court disregarded the systemic use of administrative detention in violation of Article 78 of the Fourth Geneva Convention which limits the detention of protected persons by the occupying power for imperative security reasons for limited time periods, and within procedural guarantees prescribed by the occupying power that must correspond with the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The court further failed to address the violations of the right to fair trial before an independent and impartial judiciary that administrative detainees face by military courts and their rights to procedural guarantees as stipulated under Article 75 of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions.
Addameer further holds that High Court’s decision allowed the Israeli occupation authorities and forces to evade their responsibility for the critical health condition of Allan. On one hand the court condoned the legality of the use of administrative detention and suggested its support for its use against Palestinian political prisoners. The court further approved the use of military courts and undisclosed secret material against Palestinian administrative detainees thus obstructing them of their right to a fair trial and their ability to produce an effective defense. The court on the other hand ignored the critical medical condition of Allan and the exceptionally high toll on his physical and mental health that he sacrificed to request the fundamental right of a fair trial. The court eventually decided to suspend Allan’s administrative detention thus leaving the space for the Israeli occupation forces to re-detain him once his medical condition improves.
Addameer closely follow the medical condition of Mohammad Allan who is still in a critical condition with grave concern. The High Court pointed out in its decision that the medical examinations held yesterday indicated brain damage, however the examinations did not specify how far reaching the damage is and whether it is permanent or reversible.
Addameer condemns the international silence on the continued use of administrative detention against Palestinians in violation of international law guarantees and standards and calls upon the his Excellency United Nations Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon to ensure the respect of the UN charter and to take a firm position against the grave violations committed against Palestinian civilians by the Israeli occupation including administrative detention. Addameer further demands the United Nations establish a fact finding mission on the use of administrative detention against Palestinians and the denial of their right to a fair trial and other fundamental guarantees provided for under International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law.
In closing, Addameer calls upon the high contracting parties of the four Geneva Conventions to take serious steps and positive actions to pressure the Israeli occupation authorities to respect its obligations as an occupying power towards Palestinians as stipulated under the Fourth Geneva Convention.