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Samer Easawi: Hunger Striking for Justice

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Administrative detentions are imposed lawlessly. Those held may be imprisoned indefinitely without charge. They're denied due process. They're not told why they're held.

They're guilty by accusation. They can't dispute charges. They can't cross-examine witnesses. They can't present exculpating evidence to prove innocence. 

Military orders authorize occupation harshness. On May 1, 2010, Military Order 1651 codified them into what's called Israel's Criminal Code. It consolidated past versions relating to arrests, prosecutions, and detentions.

It applies to children like adults. Israel makes no distinction. Children young as 10, and at times younger, are abusively affected.

Military Order 1651 Article 285 permits military commanders to detain Palestinians up to six months. Indefinite renewals are routinely issued for alleged security reasons.

Military Order 1651 Article 186 permits doing so. It lets commanders sentence released prisoners to complete their original terms. 

Dozens of Palestinians have been affected. No one's safe from Israel's long arm. Pre-dawn arrests occur often. Innocence is no defense.

Charges are entirely spurious. Justifiable evidence doesn't exist. Uncharged detainees can be held forever if Israel wishes. Those released face constant rearrest threats. 

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Practically all Palestinians have loved ones and/or friends wrongfully treated. Prolonged arbitrary detention breaches international law.

Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states:

1. "Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention. No one shall be deprived of his liberty except on such grounds and in accordance with such procedures as are established by law.

2. Anyone who is arrested shall be informed, at the time of arrest, of the reasons for his arrest and shall be promptly informed of any charges against him.

4. Anyone who is deprived of his liberty by arrest or detention shall be entitled to take proceedings before a court, in order that that court may decide without delay on the lawfulness of his detention and order his release if the detention is not lawful."

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Although exceptions are permitted "in time of public emergency which threatens the life of the nation," Israel does it abusively. Doing so also violates Fourth Geneva's Article 78, stating:

"If the Occupying Power considers it necessary, for imperative reasons of security, to take measures concerning protected persons, it may, at the most, subject them to assigned residence or to internment."

"Decisions regarding such assigned residence or internment shall be made according to a regular procedure to be prescribed by the Occupying Power in accordance with the provisions of the present Convention. This procedure shall include the right of appeal (decided on) with the least possible delay. (If it's upheld), it shall be subject to periodical review...."

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