[News] Amnesty International calls on Israel to immediately release Khader Adnan

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Amnesty International calls on Israel to immediately release Khader Adnan

Submitted by maureen on Wed, 02/22/2012 - 00:38
http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen/amnesty-international-calls-israel-immediately-release-khader-adnan

Palestinians in Jerusalem stand in solidarity 
with Khader Adnan and in protest of administrative detention.
(<http://electronicintifada.net/people/mahfouz-abu-turk>Mahfouz 
Abu Turk / <http://electronicintifada.net/people/apa-images>APA images)

<http://electronicintifada.net/tags/khader-adnan>Amnesty 
International called on Israel to immediately 
release 
<http://electronicintifada.net/tags/khader-adnan>Khader 
Adnan, who announced an end to his historic 
66-day hunger strike today, as “Israeli 
authorities have revealed no evidence justifying his continued detention.”

Amnesty had issued multiple calls on the Israeli 
authorities to charge or release Adnan during his hunger strike.

<http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/deal-reached-end-khader-adnans-detention-17-april-no-confirmation-hunger-strike>The 
Electronic Intifada reported earlier today:

Lawyers for 
<http://electronicintifada.net/tags/khader-adnan>Khader 
Adnan have reached a deal with Israel for Adnan 
to be released on 17 April, 
<http://electronicintifada.net/tags/addameer>Addameer 
announced today 
<http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/deal-reached-end-khader-adnans-detention-17-april-no-confirmation-hunger-strike#addameer>via 
Twitter. 
<http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/deal-reached-end-khader-adnans-detention-17-april-no-confirmation-hunger-strike#strike-ended>Khader 
Adnan has agreed to end his hunger strike. 
Addameer said the deal appears to meet minimum 
conditions Adnan had previously communicated to lawyers.

Adnan has been on hunger strike for 66 days 
against his “administrative detention” by Israel 
without charge or trial. Addameer is a 
Palestinian prisoners rights group whose lawyers 
have been closely following Adnan’s case.

According to 
<http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/deal-reached-end-khader-adnans-detention-17-april-no-confirmation-hunger-strike#decision>the 
deal, Adnan will be released on 17 April – three 
weeks before the original 8 May expiry of his 
current administrative detention order. But under 
the deal his admistrative detention order would 
not be renewed. Israel has typically renewed 
administrative detention orders repeatedly.

“A deal which will see Khader Adnan released on 
17 April unless significant new evidence emerges 
is insufficient when he needs urgent medical 
treatment to save his life now,” said Philip 
Luther, Amnesty International’s Interim Director 
for the Middle East and North Africa.

Luther added, “Khader cannot constitute a 
‘security threat’ in his current condition and 
should be released from custody immediately. The 
Israeli authorities have revealed no evidence 
justifying his continued detention.”

Amnesty also renewed its call on Israel to end 
its practice of 
<http://electronicintifada.net/tags/administrative-detention>administrative 
detention, whereby Palestinians from the occupied 
West Bank and Gaza Strip are indefinitely 
detained without charge or trial. More than 300 
Palestinians, including twenty members of the 
<http://electronicintifada.net/tags/palestinian-legislative-council>Palestinian 
Legislative Council, are currently held in 
administrative detention ­ one man for five years, Amnesty added.

<http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/israeli-decision-release-palestinian-detainee-april-insufficient-2012-02-21>Amnesty’s 
full statement follows:


Israeli decision to release Palestinian detainee in April ‘insufficient’

The Israeli authorities’ decision to release a 
Palestinian detainee by mid-April is 
insufficient, Amnesty International said amid 
reports that he has agreed to end his 66-day hunger strike.

The organization has urged Israel to release 
Khader Adnan immediately to allow him to receive 
urgent medical treatment. The 33-year-old baker - 
allegedly affiliated with the Islamic Jihad 
movement - is at immediate risk of death after 
more than 10 weeks on hunger strike.

“A deal which will see Khader Adnan released on 
17 April unless significant new evidence emerges 
is insufficient when he needs urgent medical 
treatment to save his life now,” said Philip 
Luther, Amnesty International’s Interim Director 
for the Middle East and North Africa.

“Even if reports that Khader Adnan has agreed to 
end his hunger strike are true, this does not 
mean he is out of danger nor does it lessen the 
need for highly specialized medical care.

“He cannot constitute a ‘security threat’ in his 
current condition and should be released from 
custody immediately. The Israeli authorities have 
revealed no evidence justifying his continued detention.”

Khader Adnan was given a four-month 
administrative detention order on 10 January. 
Israeli military orders allow the Israeli 
authorities to detain Palestinians from the 
occupied West Bank without trial indefinitely if 
they are deemed to be a “security threat”.

The Israeli Supreme Court had been due to address 
Khader Adnan’s appeal on Tuesday, but the hearing 
was cancelled following a reported agreement 
between his lawyer and the Israeli authorities.

Both the Palestinian Authority and Israeli 
governmental spokespeople have reported that 
Khader Adnan has agreed to end his hunger strike, 
something Amnesty International has not been able to verify independently.

“Amnesty International has repeatedly called on 
the Israeli authorities to release Khader Adnan 
and other Palestinians held in administrative 
detention, unless they are promptly charged with 
internationally recognizable criminal offences 
and tried in accordance with international fair 
trial standards,” said Philip Luther.

Khader Adnan was arrested on 17 December last 
year at his home in the village of Arrabe near 
Jenin in the occupied West Bank, after Israeli 
security forces burst into his house in the early hours of the morning.

His prolonged hunger strike was begun in protest 
against his ill-treatment, the conditions of his 
detention, and the policy of administrative detention.

Amnesty International has called on Israel to end 
the practice of administrative detention because 
it violates the internationally recognized right 
to a fair trial which must be upheld for all 
detainees, even during states of emergency.

The baker has been hospitalized since 30 December 
as his health deteriorated. He is currently being 
held in the Ziv hospital in northern Israel under armed guard.

As of 19 February, doctors from Physicians for 
Human Rights - Israel reported that he was still 
shackled to his hospital bed, despite commitments 
by the Israel Prison Service that the shackles would be removed.

Some 309 Palestinians, including more than 20 
members of the Palestinian Legislative Council 
are currently being held in administrative 
detention. One man has been held for over five years.





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