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Briefing Note: Palestinian Prisoners’ Rights, March 2011

08-03-2011 00:00

This briefing note is being presented by Adalah, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights (Gaza) to the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, which is holding its meeting on 7-8 March 2011 in Vienna on the plight of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention facilities.
It is also being presented to the EU Parliament Sub-Committee on Human Rights in advance of its meeting on 15 March 2011 in Brussels on the question of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, and in particular Palestinian children.
The note provides a general overview of recent statistics and conditions of confinement of Palestinian prisoners in Israel; reviews sixnew Israeli Supreme Court decisions; notes a new harsh criminal procedure law for “security suspects” and a series of proposed bills known as the “Shalit laws”; and recent concluding observations and concerns of three UN human rights treaty bodies as well as the conclusions of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (“the Goldstone Report”).

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