World must end Israel prisoner 'abuse': Palestinian government

Wednesday 6 Jun 2012

The Palestinian government urges the international community to implement the recommendations of an Amnesty International report criticizing Israeli prison conditions and practices

The Palestinians urged foreign governments on Wednesday to implement the recommendations of an Amnesty International report criticising Israeli prison conditions and practices.

"The Palestinian government calls on the international community to take action to end -- and not merely condemn -- the torture, detention without trial and other abuses highlighted," the Palestinian government said in a statement.

Amnesty's report "Starved of Justice" criticises Israel's treatment of Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails, in particular the practice of administrative detention, where individuals are held without charge for renewable periods of six months.

The human rights group urged Israel to charge or release all those held under administrative detention orders, and expressed concern about reports of torture as well as practices including denying detainees visits by family or lawyers.

Government spokesman Ghassan Khatib said the report "exposes human rights abuses practised by Israel... and requires immediate and practical steps to implement its recommendations, the most important of which is to release prisoners immediately or give them a fair trial."

"Amnesty has made clear to the world how Israel breaks international law and breaks agreements with impunity," Khatib added.

Amnesty also urged Israel to end the forcible transfer of Palestinians from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip and to "protect all those in Israeli custody from all forms of torture and other ill-treatment."

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