Israeli occupation forces have released a leading Palestinian women’s activist after three months detention without charge or trial.
Saafin, 53, is president of the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committee and has participated in international events such the World Social Forum.
She was detained the same night that Israeli occupation forces also detained Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar, who received a six-month administrative detention order.
According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, some 450 Palestinians are currently placed under administrative detention, including five women, one child and nine parliamentarians.
“This practice of arbitrary detention is a grave violation of international laws and human rights standards,” Addameer states, “particularly articles 78 and 72 of the Fourth Geneva Convention which state that an accused individual has the right to defend himself.”