October 19, 2011
Human rights situation of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons
Statistics on Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons reveal that the Israeli occupation forces arrested since 1967, more than (750) thousand Palestinians, including tens of thousands of children and women, and among them more than (70) thousand cases of arrest recorded since the start of the Aqsa Intifada in September 2000.
Now, there are 6800 prisoners in the Israeli prisons, among them, (300) children under the age of 18, (35) women, and (203) detainees without trial and (11) deputies in the Legislative Council, while hundreds of prisoners who suffer from serious diseases are still forgotten without receiving the necessary care. Dozens of prisoners are languishing in solitary cells for many years, rather than (79%) of prisoners are sentenced to various periods, including (815) prisoners are sentenced to life imprisonment, including (5) prisoners, and (593) prisoners had trials for more than twenty years, and (476) had trials for more than 15 to twenty years imprisonment, and (1772) are sentenced to prison for 5 to 15 years.
The total number of prisoners without trial is (203). Six detainees form Gaza have the status of "unlawful combatant." (308) prisoners were detained before the Oslo Accords and the establishment of the Palestinian National Authority on the fourth of May 1994, and they were called "prisoners of old," (118) prisoners among them have been held for more than twenty years and are called "Deans of prisoners," such as those who spent more than a quarter century in prison, Nael and Fakhri Barghouti and Akram Mansour are the oldest prisoners as they have been arrested for more than thirty-one years.
Is defined as (the process of the executive authority the arrest of a person and deprive him of his liberty without any specific accusation to him and not brought to trial but through the use of administrative procedures, which means to keep the Palestinians in detention in accordance with the administrative order and without a judicial decision and indefinite periods which might extend to many years).
As for the numbers of the overall decisions of administrative detention issued against Palestinian detainees since the start of Al-Aqsa Intifada in September 2000, reached to (21) thousands decision, between the new administrative detention and the renewal of administrative detention. Since 1990 until today, the highest records of detention were in 2007, (3101) administrative decisions were taken, and most of those detainees were imprisoned for their political views and activities, many of them had been arrested and subjected to prolonged periods of investigations and did not demonstrate against any security offenses or offenses against the law of occupation, or were arrested after being released a few days, or were transferred to administrative detention after the expiration of their sentences directly without being released.