Occupation renews Hussein Amr’s administrative detention for fourth time

083C963F7Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies said in a statement that the administrative detention of Hussein Amr, age 61, from al-Khalil, was renewed for the fourth time on March 13 for a three-month period.

He has been detained since July 13, 2013, without charge or trial; he suffers from high blood pressure, gout, rheumatism, and varicose veins. Amr was held under solitary confinement after refusing to be taken to court two weeks ago, and shackled and transferred to Ramle prison by force; he is now held in Negev prison’s solitary confinement cells, the center added.

The center also warned against neglecting the health status of Amr, who suffers from diabetes and takes two insulin doses a day, holding Israel responsible for his life.

Palestinian group Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights said, on February 20th, that the number of Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli jails passed 200.

Usama Maqbol, a lawyer from the group, said that the rise in the number of administrative detainees is the result of an ongoing campaign of daily arrests of freed prisoners and leaders of Palestinian political groups.

“Administrative Detention” is the imprisonment of a Palestinian without trial or charge, indefinitely renewable, under secret evidence to which the detainee and his lawyers do not have access. Israel routinely uses this tactic on detained Palestinians, even though international law stipulates it only be used in exceptional circumstances.

(Via International Middle East Media Centre: http://imemc.org/article/67264)