Factsheets

30 April 2014
April 2014 According to international law and Israeli courts no one can be detained for their political opinions, however, in practice Palestinian political leaders are routinely arrested and detained as part of an ongoing Israeli effort to suppress Palestinian political processes – and, as a necessary result, political sovereignty and self-determination. In recent years, this process has focused...
02 April 2014
An introduction to the policy of administrative detention, updated February 2014.
12 February 2014
First: Introduction to Administrative Detention Administrative detention (AD) is a procedure that allows Israeli occupation forces to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial . The secret information or evidence cannot be accessed by the detainee nor his lawyer, and can according to Israeli military orders, an administrative detention...
12 August 2013
With negotiations between the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel re-commencing over the next nine months, the unsettled question of Palestinian political prisoners returns to the forefront of discussions among politicians.
13 September 2012
September 2012 marks the 19th anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Agreements. Today, nineteen years after the beginning of the “Oslo Peace Process”, Israel still holds a total of 111 Palestinian political prisoners who were arrested for alleged offenses occurring before 13 September 1993, the cutoff date for prisoners who were supposed to be included in subsequent releases. Approximately 66...
18 October 2011
On 11 October 2011, Israel and Hamas authorities concluded a deal whereby 1,027 Palestinian prisoners were released in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. The Palestinian prisoners were released in two stages, with 477 prisoners released on 18 October and the remaining 550 on 18 December. This factsheet looks at who the released prisoners are, in terms of gender, origin and time...
01 October 2011
In May 2011, the Israeli military courts published their annual report on their activities during 2010, providing detailed statistics on files considered by the court, hearings held, administrative detention orders issued, and appeals filed by defense and prosecution lawyers. This English translation by Addameer provides a summary of the most important aspects of the report.
20 June 2011
The following paper looks at the current conditions of Jerusalemite political prisoners in the context of the Oslo “Peace Process” agreements. As well as addressing the interrogation and trial procedures pertaining to political prisoners from East Jerusalem, this paper reviews the history of the Palestinian political prisoner movement during and after the bilateral agreements of the Oslo years (...
31 December 2009
On September 6, 1999 the Israeli High Court of Justice, ruled to ban the use of torture during interrogation. This, however, did not explicitly forbid the use of torture but rather allowed that interrogation methods deemed as torture (named as moderate physical pressure) may be used in the “necessity of defence” and in situations where a detainee is deemed a ‘ticking bomb’. In some instances,...
01 August 2009
Since the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory in 1967, an estimated 700,000 Palestinians have been detained under Israeli military orders in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), which constitutes approximately 20 percent of the total Palestinian population in the OPT, and as much as 40 percent of the total male Palestinian population. There are currently at least 7,834 Palestinians...

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