The Case of the Islamic Jihad Hunger Striker

(NGO Monitor) This is not Khader Adnan's first hunger strike. In October 2010, Adnan initiated a hunger strike following his arrest by the Palestinian Authority security services. Reflecting bias and double standards, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, which are campaigning against the current detention, did not release statements regarding Adnan's 2010 arrest by the PA and his subsequent hunger strike. Most NGO statements omit the fact that administrative detention is a common procedure used by democratic states around the world in security-related cases, including the U.S. and the UK. The administrative detention laws require that the detainee be brought before a judge within a short period of time and any detention must be based upon credible evidence. All detainees have the right to challenge their detention to the Israeli Supreme Court sitting as the High Court of Justice. Islamic Jihad is recognized as a terrorist organization by the EU, U.S., UK, Israel, Australia, Canada, and Japan. The "right of association" does not grant immunity from punishment for activities in terrorist organizations.

2012-02-21 00:00:00

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