Stop Israel from indefinitely imprisoning Palestinians without charge or trial.
Israel’s use of administrative detention violates the Fourth Geneva Convention. Ask your MP to condemn this disgraceful treatment of Palestinians.
Many of us aren’t familiar with the term ‘administrative detention’. But as of November 2021, there were 500 Palestinians suffering from this in Israeli prisons. Administrative detention is when Palestinians are arrested by the Israeli occupation forces and held indefinitely without charge or trial, on the grounds that they might commit an offence in the future.
Numerous human rights organisations have condemned Israel’s use of administrative detention. Israel frequently uses this to target human rights activists, university students, mothers of detainees and members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Palestinians can be held without charge or trial for months or even years.
This is illegal: Israel’s use of administrative detention is a form of collective punishment, which is prohibited under Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Like other Palestinian prisoners, prison conditions for administrative detainees are appalling. They are subjected to arbitrary beatings, solitary confinement, limited family visits and medical negligence.
This is an ongoing problem which requires urgent action: according to Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem, since March 2002 not a single month has gone by without Israel holding at least 100 Palestinians in administrative detention.
We call on MPs to publicly condemn this disgraceful treatment of Palestinians. Write to your MP now to stop Israel imprisoning Palestinians without charge or trial.
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What is administrative detention?
Administrative detention is when Palestinians are arrested by the Israeli occupation forces and held indefinitely without charge or trial, on the grounds that they might commit an offence in the future
Is this legal?
No. Administrative detention is a form of collective punishment, which is prohibited under Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention
Are Palestinian children held under administrative detention?
Yes. In September 2020 there were at least two Palestinian children being held under administrative detention. If you’d like to learn more about Palestinian children you can check out our #StolenChildhood campaign
Are Israeli settlers subject to the same laws as Palestinians?
No. Since 1967, Israel has operated two separate legal systems in the occupied West Bank: civilian and criminal law for Israeli settlers and military law for Palestinians (including Palestinian children). This means that Palestinian children are the only children in the world who are prosecuted through military rather than civilian courts.
What can I do?
- Use the hashtag #ScrapAdministrativeDetention on social media
- Use the tool above to write to your MP asking them to publicly condemn Israel’s use of administrative detention
Where can I find out more?
We’ll be adding information to this campaign over the coming weeks, but we recommend following Palestinian prisoners’ human rights association Addameer.