UN coordinator expresses concerns over continuing administrative detention by Israel

PNN/ Jerusalem/

The UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance and Development Aid, Robert Piper on Tuesday expressed deep concerns regarding Israel’s continued practice of administrative detention.

“I am deeply concerned about the continued practice of administrative detention in Israeli jails and detention centers.”

Piper, in an official statement, said he was particularly alarmed by the rapidly deteriorating health of Palestinian administrative detainee, Mohammed Al-Qiq, who is on his 71st day of hunger strike, in protest against the arbitrary nature of his detention and ill-treatment.

According to data from Israel Prison Service (IPS), 527 Palestinians, including one woman and five minors were held in administrative detention in IPS facilities at the end of November 2015.

“After 70 days of hunger strike, Mr. Al-Qiq is in a dangerous state of health and his physicians have informed him of the possibility of irreversible damage,” Piper said.

“I reiterate the United Nations’ long-standing position that all administrative detainees – Palestinian or Israeli – should be charged or released without delay. All allegations of ill-treatment must also be independently and promptly investigated,” he concluded.

Al-Qiq was arrested on 21 November 2015 when Israeli soldiers blew up the front door of his house and took him in for interrogation at Israel’s Kishon (Jalame) detention center. He was detained for six months, and his detention period can also be endlessly renewed every six months.