Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer has released a new film designed to shed light on Israel’s policy of detaining Palestinians without charge or trial.
According to the NGO, ‘Life on Hold: The Policy of Administrative Detention’, “specifically focuses on the psychological effects of administrative detention on detainees and their families.”
Addameer has stated it “is pleased to announce the launch of a new film that tackles the issue of administrative detention as a policy used by the Israeli government to hold Palestinians indefinitely on secret information without charge or trial.”
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It added that, “The film specifically focuses on the psychological effects of administrative detention on detainees and their families.”
The 11-minute film was produced in collaboration with Aanat Film, as part of Addameer’s global campaign to #StopAD.
Israeli occupation authorities currently hold some 700 Palestinians under administrative detainees – they are being held on the basis of secret evidence, for indefinitely renewable periods of time, and without trial.
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The film features input from lawyers and the relatives of detainees. The wife talks about her husband saying: “His administrative detention order is continuously renewed for six additional months every time without explanation.”
The family member of another prisoner explains how his detention was renewed just 30 minutes prior to his scheduled release, the kind of cruel uncertainty that leads many to believe administrative detention, as used by Israeli authorities, constitutes a form of torture.
The film also explains how the measure is used punitively and to target Palestinian political activity.
(PC, MEMO, Addameer)