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Amnesty demands that Israel puts administrative detainees on trial or releases them

Amnesty International has demanded that the Israeli authorities release the Palestinians held under administrative detention or grant them swift and fair trials.

In a report released today (6th June), Amnesty emphasises "the importance of Israel not using administrative detention as a means of suppressing legitimate, non-violent activities". It also alleges that "administrative detainees are subjected to torture and other practices during interrogation".

Furthermore, Amnesty describes the treatment meted out to administrative detainees as "cruel and degrading", saying that such treatment is used by Israel as a punitive measure against detainees participating in hunger strikes and other forms of protest inside Israeli prisons.

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