Administrative detention practiced by Israel constitutes gravest form of arbitrary detention:OIC NEW YORK, 11th September, 2016 (WAM) — The Permanent Representative of Kuwait to the United Nations, and Chair of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Group, Mansour Al Otaibi, underscored that administrative detention, as practiced by Israel, the occupying power, is illegal and constitutes the gravest form of arbitrary detention.

He indicated that over 700 Palestinian prisoners, including minors, are currently being held by Israel under administrative detention.

This was stated in a letter Al Otaibi sent to the UN Secretary-General on behalf of the OIC Group, regarding the plight of Palestinian prisoners and administrative detainees in Israeli jails and detention centers, particularly the critical situation of three prisoners who have been on a continuous hunger strike for two months to protest their administrative detention without trial or charge, and the serious abuses by the Israeli occupying force.

Al Otaibi wrote: It is necessary to note here that, in concluding observations in a 2016 periodic report on implementation of the Convention against Torture, the Committee against Torture called on Israel to “urgently take the measures necessary to end the practice of administrative detention and ensure that all persons who are currently held in administrative detention are afforded all basic legal safeguards”.

He stressed that the persistence of this critical situation demands the urgent attention and intervention of the international community. Further harm, or possible death of any of the hunger-striking detainees, would have serious ramifications on the already fragile and tense situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, he added.

On behalf of the OIC, Al Otaibi appealed to the UN Secretary General to use his good offices to exert pressure on Israel to immediately release the three administrative detainees.

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